Vistara doubles flights to Singapore

SINGAPORE, 4 January 2024: Vistara, a joint venture between India’s TATA Sons and Singapore Airlines, will fly double daily on the Mumbai-Singapore route, effective 1 February 2024.

The airline currently offers a daily direct flight between Mumbai and Singapore, with flight (UK105) departing the Indian city at 0055 and arriving in Singapore at 0915. The return flight UK106 departs Singapore at 1030 and arrives in Mumbai at 1345. Flight time is five hours and 50 minutes using an A321. Fares start at around USD145 to USD156 one-way.

Photo credit: Aerowanderer. Vistara A321.

The new daily flight (UK107) scheduled to start on 1 February will depart Mumbai mid-morning at 1050 and arrive in Singapore at 1845. The one-way fare starts at around USD120. The return flight (UK108) will depart Singapore at 1945 and arrive in Mumbai at 2335.

Indian aviation reports speculate the airline could increase flights to popular international destinations such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Bangkok to accommodate the surge in travel demand through to the end of March 2024.

Doubling up on flights from Mumbai to Singapore is one example of catering to the increase in Indian travellers booking overseas holidays during its winter timetable ending 31 March using its recently acquired fuel-efficient A321neo aircraft.

However, competition on the Mumbai to Singapore route is tough, with airlines such as Singapore Airlines (an equity partner in Vistara), IndiGo and Air India all vying for the attention of Mumbai’s affluent leisure travellers.

Meanwhile, the airline introduced direct flights from Pune in India to Singapore starting on 17 December 2023, offering a six-weekly service departing Pune at 0210 and arriving in Singapore at 1030

The return flight to Pune departs Singapore at 1140 and arrives in Pune at 1510. Flights are scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday using an A321. One-way fares start at around USD202.

Vistara taking delivery of A321neo aircraft and that is providing capacity to serve route expansion. However, competition on the Mumbai to Singapore route is tough with airlines Singapore Airlines (a partner in Vistara) IndiGo and Air India competing for leisure travellers in the Mumbai outbound travel market.