Air Pegasus, Indian regional airline based in Bangalore, has added a new ATR 72-500 aircraft to its fleet, taking fleet size to three.
The latest addition of ATR 72-500 is part of a plan to take the number of aircraft in its fleet to 10 by end of 2016, Air Pegasus said.
“We will receive two more aircraft within two months and have ordered five more aircraft,” Shyson Thomas, MD of Air Pegasus, said.
Air Pegasus said in a statement that the new aircraft will be used on Puducherry, Goa, Kochi and Vijayawada routes.
According to recent data by IATA (International Air Transport Association), domestic air traffic in India grew 22.9% in January, the highest among all countries while the global growth rate was 6.8%.
Indian market also reported the highest capacity addition (21.9%) and the highest load factor among all markets (84.7%) on a year-on-year basis, IATA said.
Air Pegasus operates flights to Hubbali, Thiruvananthapuram, Madurai, Mangaluru, Chennai and Kadappa from its base at Bengaluru International Airport (aka Kempegowda International Airport – BLR).
Air Pegasus said in its statement that it plans to scale up its services to connect Tuticorin, Belagavi, Rajahmundry and Puducherry. Air Pegasus also said Puducherry , Goa, Kochi and Vijayawada services will be launched by next month.
Air Pegasus, promoted by Decor Aviation, is part of the Decor Group, that provides ground handling services to Indian and foreign carriers across 11 airports in India.