Vistara to fly international from August

Vistara is set to begin operating international flights from next month, filling a crucial gap created in the services of Indian full-service carriers flying abroad after Jet’s shutdown. It will start its maiden international journey with a daily Delhi-Singapore flight from August 6 and a daily Mumbai-Singapore flight from August 7.

Other than Jet, Air India remains the only Indian FSC to operate international flights.

Vistara, a Tata-Singapore Airlines full-service joint venture has announced introductory economy class return fares of Rs.21,877 from Delhi and Rs.20,778 from Mumbai.

The Tata Group JV will be the first Indian airline to fly overseas after the 5/20 rule was relaxed in 2016. The controversial 5/20 rule required an Indian carrier to operate for five years and have a fleet of 20 aircraft before doing so. The relaxed 0/20 does away with the five-year requirement. Vistara CEO Leslie Thng said: “We’re excited to start with Singapore as our first international destination.”

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