Kochi: Continuing with its mission of providing connectivity to lesser accessible stations, Air India will start operations from Chennai to Agatti in the Lakshadweep islands six days a week from September 24.
Agatti will be the 64th destination on the domestic network of Air India, the national carrier said in a release here. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the ATR flight IC
7501/7502 will operate on Chennai-Kochi-Agatti-Kochi-Chennai and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays it would operate IC 7503/7504 on Chennai-Bangalore-Agatti-Bangalore-Chennai.
Flight IC7501 will leave Chennai at 8.30 am and arrive at Kochi at 10 am, leave here at 10.30 am to reach Agatti at 1200 pm. The return flight IC7502 will leave Agatti at 12.30
pm and reach Kochi at 2 pm, leave Kochi at 2.30 pm and reach Chennai at 4 pm.
Flight IC7503 on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday will leave Chennai at 8.30 am and land in Bangalore at 9.30 am. It will leave Bangalore at 10 am and reach Agatti at 12 pm. On the return leg, flight IC7504 will leave Agatti at 12.30 pm, reach Bangalore at 2.30 pm leave Bangalore at 3.35 pm to reach Chennai at 4.35 pm.
The operation of the service on this sector will give a major boost to tourism promotion to the scenic islands. Passengers travelling from Delhi and Mumbai to Agatti will get
same day connections in both directions at Bangalore.
The airline is also upgrading services to the Tier 2 cities by providing jet aircraft instead of earlier turbo prop services, the release added.