Vistara eyes expansion on International routes
- Tata-SIA owned full-service airline, Vistara Airways plans
to expand to its fleet and go international in next two years, its CEO said on
Tuesday, following an expected change in rules that could allow new carriers to
- Vistara is looking-forward to procure new narrow and
wide-bodied aircrafts to expand its fleet on the domestic routes and start
flying to the Gulf and eventually to the Europe and the US, Phee Teik Yeoh
- “There are lots of opportunities. Suddenly when the 5/20
rule goes away it’s a new ball game,” he told Reuters in an interview.
- Under the current 5/20 rule, an airline must procure a 20
aircraft fleet and serve the domestic sector for atleast five years to be
eligible to fly abroad.
- “Seventy percent of international traffic that Indians
travel is westwards. This is where our focus will be,” Yeoh said.
- The size and the timing of the new plane order would depend
on the government revising current restrictions. The new rules proposed by the
ministry will require airlines to earn credits operating domestic routes to
entitle them to operate overseas.
- Vistara will be the only airline after Jet Airways and Air
India to offer full-service on international routes.