|An Air India Bombardier CRJ-700 – Image Credit: Nisarg Vyas|
According to a report from the Hindu Business Line, Air India subsidiary Alliance Air (Air India Regional) has announced an expansion of its services from Mumbai, with new flights to Allahabad, Agra, and Gwalior.
According to the article, an Air India spokesperson said, “Alliance Air will be introducing new flights and routes on its network from September 9 from Mumbai to Allahabad, Agra and Gwalior.”
Mumbai – Allahabad will operate four times per week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Mumbai-Gwalior and Mumbai-Agra will both operate twice per week; Mumbai-Gwalior on Mondays and Thursdays, Mumbai-Agra on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Inaugural fares for Mumbai-Allahabad are set as Rs 3,979 one way and Rs 8,326 return while Mumbai-Gwalior is set as Rs 2,982 one way and Rs 5,874 return fare. Mumbai-Agra intial fares are Rs 3,979 one way and Rs 8,326 return.
As of August 2013, Air India Regional serves 23 Indian destinations with a fleet of 11 aircraft (4x Bombardier CRJ-700s, and 7x ATR 42-300 turboprops). It operates 233 flights per week, with the largest hub at Delhi seeing 53 weekly departures to eight destinations. Air India Regional does not currently serve Mumbai.
However, Mumbai is the second largest operating base for the Air India Group of airlines (including mainline Air India, Air India Regional, and low cost wing Air India Express), with 464 weekly departures in August 2013 (443 mainline Air India, 21 Air India Express).