India's Zoom Air mulls flights to Bangladesh, Myanmar
- A Monitor Report 17 May, 2018 | 1968 Views | -+
Zoom Air Bombardier CRJ200
India’s leading domestic carrier, Zoom Air, is planning to launch its maiden international services connecting Kolkata Int'l and Guwahati in India's North-East with each of Chittagong in Bangladesh and Yangon in Myanmar.
The routes could be launched following the addition of the fifth CRJ-200ER to the carrier's fleet.
"We will be able to introduce international flights from Kolkata because from now on, we will park two aircraft in the city at night," Zoom Air, CEO, Koustav Dhar has said.
The carrier will most likely use Guwahati as an intermediate stop on the services out of Kolkata.
According to the ch-aviation capacity module, Kolkata is currently connected to Chittagong by Regent Airways, US-Bangla Airlines, and Myanmar National Airways, while the route to Yangon is operated by MAI - Myanmar Airways and Air India. For its part, Guwahati currently does not receive services to either of the cities as its international network is limited to routes to each of Bangkok Suvarnabhumiand Paro.
Zoom Air's international ambitions would require government approval as India generally requires airlines to operate at least 20 aircraft domestically before venturing abroad.