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GoAir Airbus A320 VT-WAI lands at Mumbai airport. Photo by Devesh Agarwal.
GoAir Airbus A320 VT-WAI lands at Mumbai airport. Photo by Devesh Agarwal.

GoAir connects Bangalore Port Blair, Mumbai Leh, in network expansion

Mumbai based low fare carrier GoAir, has added new routes and additional frequencies in its latest round of network expansion which takes effect in the Summer 2016 schedule which takes effect on March 27, 2016.

The new flights reflect GoAir’s strategy of connecting Tier 1 metro cities with Tier II and sometimes even Tier III cities. These include two triangular flights Mumbai Leh Srinagar and Bengaluru Patna Ranchi, which connect Mumbai directly with Leh for the first time.

GoAir's new routes effective March 27, 2016. Map generated courtesy GCMap.com
GoAir’s new routes effective March 27, 2016. Map generated courtesy GCMap.com

Similarly, for the first time, Bengaluru is connected directly to Port Blair and passengers can bypass the tedious transit through Chennai or Kolkata. This flight though, appears to cost GoAir operationally; the aircraft has to sit at Veer Savarkar airport, Port Blair for over 17 hours due to prevailing weather conditions before its departs late morning the next day. GoAir has received awards from Airbus for maintaining some of the highest A320 aircraft utilisation rates in the world. It is now clarified that the aircraft departs after 30 minute turn-around to Kolkata. We apologise for the mistake. The confusion was caused by the publicly available schedules of GoAir, as at the time of original publication.

New GoAir routes

All flights operate daily.

New Routes
Origin Destination Flt No. Dep Arr
Bengaluru Port Blair G8 291 14:40 17:15
Port Blair Bengaluru G8 292 11:25 14:05
Mumbai Leh G8 386 04:00 06:15
Leh Mumbai (Via Srinagar) G8 386 06:45 10:45
Bengaluru Patna G8 271 09:40 12:10
Patna Bengaluru (Via Ranchi) G8 271 12:40 16:30
Bengaluru Ranchi (Via Patna) G8 271 09:40 17:25
Ranchi Bengaluru G8 271 14:00 16:30

The airline has also added additional frequencies on its existing routes.

Additional GoAir frequencies

All flights operate daily.

Additional frequencies
Origin Destination Flt No. Dep Arr
Delhi Ranchi G8 145 09:20 11:05
Ranchi Delhi G8 146 11:35 13:20
Delhi Lucknow G8 181 22:15 23:15
Lucknow Delhi G8 182 23:45 00:45
Delhi Patna G8 139 13:35 15:10
Patna Delhi G8 140 15:40 17:25
Mumbai Ahmedabad G8 363 21:50 23:05
Ahmedabad Mumbai G8 364 23:35 00:50
Mumbai Srinagar (Via Leh) G8 386 04:00 07:30
Srinagar Mumbai G8 386 08:00 10:45
Patna Ranchi G8 271 12:40 13:30
Leh Srinagar G8 386 06:45 07:30

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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  • Jamset

    What about Goa to Jaipur.

  • Anil

    Why can’t the mount an early morning departure from Bangalore to Port Blair than having a long lay over and also making the crew stay over? This is so obvious and there must be some strong reason for 17 hours lay over.

  • Anil

    Why can’t the mount an early morning departure from Bangalore to Port Blair than having a long lay over and also making the crew stay over? This is so obvious and there must be some strong reason for 17 hours lay over.

  • Varan Mittal

    By the looks of it, The BLR – IXZ flies onwards to CCU at 17:45 hours. The morning flight on CCU – IXZ flies onwards to BLR on its next leg. 17 hours on ground for any airline is a sheer waste of aircraft utilization.

    • It may be possible. But I am unable to find details of the IXZ-CCU flight of 17:45.

      • Varan Mittal

        Operating as G8-102 from 27th March sir