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New Delhi: Air India Express, a subsidiary of the national carrier, commenced a tri-weekly direct flight service between the temple city of Varanasi and Sharjah on Monday.

Air_India_Airbus_A310-304_VT-EQS“It is a momentous occasion for Varanasi, areas nearby and the expatriate Indian community in the UAE which will now have safe, convenient and affordable direct air travel option,” said Mahesh Sharma, minister of state (MoS), civil aviation, culture and tourism.

Sharma was speaking at the inauguration of the flight service from Varanasi’s Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport.

The international low cost subsidiary of Air India is offering both a direct flight and a hub-and-spook service via New Delhi on the Varanasi-Sharjah route.

“The hub-and-spoke facility will be instrumental in enhancing tourism as it will offer convenient connections to various countries internationally,” Sharma added.

The tri-weekly direct service will be operated on a 186-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

On the other hand, the hub-and-spook service will further offer options to other destinations like Jeddah, Moscow, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong via Air India’s connecting flights from New Delhi.

“It has always been our endeavor to keep in mind the needs of our travelers and upgrade our services,” said Rohit Nandan, chairman and managing direct, Air India.

To promote the new service, the airline is allowing passengers booked on the Dubai-Lucknow sector to a chance to rebook on the Varanasi-Sharjah flight at no extra cost.

To further sweeten the deal, the airline is offering the service at an introductory discounted fare of Rs.8,600 one way inclusive of all taxes.

Currently, the low cost international subsidiary of Air India operates 175 weekly flights, connecting 11 domestic and 12 international destinations.

(IANS)

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Air India, IndiGo Waive Cancellation Fees for Passengers Flying To and Fro Colombo

According to Sri Lankan police, the multiple blasts on Easter Sunday so far claimed 207 lives while more than 450 others were wounded

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A shoe of a victim is seen in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 21, 2019. VOA

In wake of the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday, Air India and IndiGo have announced a total waiver of cancellation and rescheduling charges for passengers flying to and from Colombo till April 24.

“In view of the situation in #Srilanka #AirIndia has waived off all charges for rescheduling/cancellation of bookings on its flts to/from Colombo for travel till April 24, 2019,” the national carrier said in a tweet.

It further requested the passengers to report “well in advance” to clear security at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo.

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“In view of the situation in #Srilanka #AirIndia has waived off all charges for rescheduling/cancellation of bookings on its flts to/from Colombo for travel till April 24, 2019,” the national carrier said in a tweet. Pixabay

IndiGo tweeted: “In light of the recent events in Colombo, we are providing full fee waiver on rescheduling/cancellation for all flights to/from Colombo for travel scheduled till April 24, 2019. Our prayers are with the affected.”

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According to Sri Lankan police, the multiple blasts on Easter Sunday so far claimed 207 lives while more than 450 others were wounded. Altogether eight explosions have ripped through the country, with six blasts hitting in the morning and two in the afternoon. A curfew has been imposed until 6 a.m. on Monday. (VOA)