On the day after its inaugural flight from its hub in Bangalore to
London Heathrow, Chairman and CEO, Vijay Mallya announced new daily
flights from London Heathrow to Mumbai in the winter schedule
commencing October 26. Using its new A330-200 aircraft, Vijay Mallya
declared that he would start flights from Mumbai to Singapore from 18
September, Mumbai to Hong Kong from 21 October and Mumbai to Bangkok before the end of the year.
In addition, a new non-stop direct flight will launch at the
beginning of November from Bangalore to San Francisco. There had been
speculation about this route because of the sale of two A340-500
aircraft by Kingfisher, but Vijay Mallya said these had been sold to
“an African airline” (in fact, believed to be Qatar Airways), but that
he had retained three specifically for the San Francisco service.
Vijay Mallya also said that the newly-opened airport at Bangalore
was now functioning well as a hub, and allowed for connections onward
to Colombo, the Maldives and Bangkok. Nevertheless, several of these
new international flights are originating in Mumbai rather than
Bangalore, although sources at the airline say the international
flights will quickly be followed by flights from Bangalore.
Although at the time of writing Kingfisher’s website is not offering
pricing in sterling for these new routes, sources said this would
change in coming days, as also would Kingfisher’s presence on online
agents websites such as Travelocity and Airline Network.
For more information, visit flykingfisher.com.
Report by Tom Otley