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Air Sahara to add 66 new flights

Air Sahara to add 66 new flights

Air Sahara says it will add 66 new flights and 14 new destinations in the next four months.

New Delhi: Air Sahara said on Thursday that it will add 66 new flights and 14 new destinations in the next four months, connecting international cities like Guangzhou in China, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Male in the Maldives and Colombo in Sri Lanka.

Within the country, it will fly to second tier cities like Chandigarh, Indore, Bhopal, Vadodara, Raipur and Nagpur as well.

The airline is also targetting tourist destinations like Jodhpur, Khajuraho, Port Blair, Trivandrum and Udaipur. In continuation to its earlier programme, Air Sahara will also have maximum flights on Delhi-Hyderabad and Delhi-Kolkata routes.

"We're back to our normal operations," said its president Alok Sharma, weeks after an acquisition plan by Jet Airways fell through.

"The confidence among employees and passengers in the airline has returned."

About 35 pilots -- among the highest paid in the industry -- had resigned before Jet began to wriggle out of the buyout deal.

Sahara alleged that Jet was looking for a price cut from the agreed Rs 2,300 crore to Rs 1,800 crore. Both companies are now locked in a bitter legal battle.

first published:August 17, 2006, 21:52 IST