Vastavam web: All set for the launch of international flight services from Vijayawada Airport (Gannavaram) on Tuesday. IndiGo Airlines is operating the 180-seat Airbus from Singapore to Vijayawada and back. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will attend flight arrival programme. On the other hand, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu will attend the flight departure programme at 6.40 pm.
Vijayawada Airport will become the second airport in the state with international connectivity after Vizag Airport. The Vijayawada Airport was declared international airport in 2015 but taken nearly three years to operate international services after developing infrastructure facilities. The state government is hopeful of passenger traffic between Vijayawada and Singapore will be more than 50 per cent of seating capacity. The government’s incentive to IndiGo Airlines to operate two return flights per week basis with indicative round the trip ticket price of Rs 18,881 per passenger. For 180 seats, the indicative ticket price is Rs 33,98,580 for each trip.
If the passenger traffic is less than 50 per cent, the government has to pay the difference to the airlines. As part of the agreement the government released initial payment of Rs 3 crore. It is not known how great the demand for Vijayawada-Singapore services will be. Most passengers in the state so far are habituated to travel by Hyderabad, Vizag and Chennai to Singapore flights.