Air India today introduced a direct flight to connect the coastal city of Visakhapatnam to Port Blair. The airline already connects Port Blair to Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Bhubaneswar. This new flight will be in addition to Air India’s already existing flight viz. daily direct flights on the Kolkata – Port Blair sector with an A319; Chennai – Port Blair with A321 aircraft; between Delhi – Visakhapatnam with an A321 aircraft and another flight between Delhi and Port Blair via Bhubaneswar twice a week with a CRJ-700 aircraft. This flight will help capacity addition to this tourist destination. The direct flight will be a time saver for travel between Visakhapatnam and Port Blair and give a fillip to tourism and industry at both the places.
Earlier passengers wanting to travel between these two places had to either take the sea route or travel through other metros involving a night stay. The flight AI487/488 will operate with an all economy 168 seater A320 aircraft. The flight will operate on the route Delhi – Visakhapatnam – Port Blair and back, two days a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Flight AI487 will leave Delhi at 0700 hrs and land at Visakhapatnam at 0915 hrs, depart Visakhapatnam 0955 hrs and arrive Port Blair at 1210 hrs. The return flight AI488 will leave Port Blair at 1250 hrs, land Visakhapatnam at 1505 hrs, depart Visakhapatnam 1550 hrs and reach Delhi at 1805 hrs.