Budget carrier of India, GoAir, which is owned by the Wadia group of Mumbai will begin to fly to Chandigarh non-stop from Mumbai from July 3. The City Beautiful has been on the radar of the carrier for sometime and this fructifies the efforts to provide much needed connectivity. Chandigarh is currently connected to two other cities with non-stop flights- New Delhi and Srinagar. Flights from Chandigarh to Mumbai are currently provided by Jet Airways and IndiGo Airlines.
Connecting Chandigarh is a part of the Vision 2015 program of GoAir which emphasises greater connectivity between the metro cities and the Tier II and Tier III cities. The other touch points of that program are to provide attractive fares on sustainable basis, increasing the utilization rates of aircraft (which would inevitably mean increasing the connectivity) and determination of an efficient cost structure (which would be critical for meeting expansion needs on one hand and providing sustainable low fare at the other).
GoAir is also slated to start its global operations by introducing flights to the Middle East region by next year.