Kolkata, Aug. 18
JETSTAR Asia, the Singapore-based low cost international airline, on Thursday launched its sole India services between Kolkata and Singapore. The company plans to expand its services to other Indian cities, once India and Singapore enter into a flying rights agreement.
Jetstar is a majority Singapore-owned company with a significant Qantas shareholding. The airline now has a fleet strength of eight A320 aircraft and offers services to Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok and Manila, which are within five hours from Singapore.
The fleet strength will be increased to nine shortly.
The company will run three flights a week between Kolkata and Singapore at a base fare of Rs 4,000 and a maximum fare of Rs 12,000.
Announcing the launch of services, Mr Ken Ryan, CEO of Jetstar, said that its fares were a minimum of 40 per cent cheaper than the existing services between Kolkata and Singapore offered by other airlines.
Explaining the reasons behind launching its services in Kolkata, he said that the aviation sector was growing at 33 per cent in Eastern India against 20 per cent to 24 per cent in the rest of the country.
Ms Kang Siew Kheng, Director of international relations for Singapore Tourism Board, said that Kolkata offered a great opportunity as a gateway to Darjeeling and the North-Eastern Indian States, and for religious tourism to Bodh Gaya.