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PARAMOUNT - SAHARA EXPANSION PLANS
 


Paramount Airways and Air Sahara look to expand

Two popular airlines have taken flight into expansion space and are eyeing stronger presence among the metros.

BY OUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT

March 1, 2007:

While the South India based Paramount Airways plans to enter the western Indian skies by the end of this year and add 15 more aircraft in the next three years, fast growing airline Air Sahara is set to expand by adding a destination. Sahara will also increase flights on the domestic sector and launch a new flight on the international sector

Paramount recently unveiled its fourth flight in the Chennai-Madurai sector. According to sources, the airline would try to provide maximum number of services across the cities in the Western region. The names of the cities the airliner plans to serve in the region have not been revealed. However, the company has said that by early 2010, it will have a national presence.

This apart, Paramount plans to induct 15 more Brazilian made 70-seater Embraer 170/175 and 110-seater Embraer 195 aircraft in phases within the next 36 months, sources said. Paramount Airways already owns five Embraer 170/175 aircraft and connects eight destinations in South India through 50 daily flights. It also plans to operate services to Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu and Kozhikode in Kerala soon.

Meanwhile, Air Sahara will add Kuala Lumpur to its network this month. This will make it the airline’s fifth international destination after Sri Lanka, Nepal, Singapore and the Maldives. The airline would fly the Delhi-Kuala Lumpur-Delhi circuit for Rs 13,000, which includes a two-night-three-day stay.

This apart, the airline will begin a direct flight from Thiruvananthapuram to the Maldives from March 10. It will also offer a connection from Delhi and Kochi to Male on this flight. It is also adding Coimbatore to ensure a strong southern presence from March 10 with two daily direct return flights to Delhi and Bangalore. When this happens, Coimbatore will become Air Sahara's 27th domestic destination.

The airline also plans connection to Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram from Kochi.

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