Port Blair, 15 October 2019: GoAir, India’s most reliable, trusted and fastest-growing airline has been honored with the ‘Best Airline’ award by Andaman Tourism Award – 2019, in its first edition. At a grand ceremony held in picturesque Port Blair, GoAir was awarded for its exceptional leadership in attaining on-time performance for 12 consecutive months.
Andaman Tourism Award was organised in association with the Ministry of Tourism, India and Andaman Association of Tour Operators. Along with prominent hotel chains, tour operators and restaurants GoAir was felicitated for playing a prominent role in boosting tourism in Andaman & Nicobar islands.
The award was presented by M Vinod, President, Andaman Association of Tour Operators and R Sarath Kumar, Indian Film Actor and it was received by Sarvesh Tiwari, General Manager – Airports and Aman Kohli, Airport Manager, Port Blair on behalf of GoAir.
Commenting on the latest achievement, Jeh Wadia, Managing Director, GoAir, said: “It’s been 8 years since GoAir commenced flights to Port Blair as our 19th destination. Since then, innumerable sleepless nights have been spent by the GoAir family who have helped Port Blair grow from strength to strength. I’ve been told that according to various government figures, during 2011-18 there was an incredible increase of 150% in domestic tourist arrivals from 2.02 lakh to 5.13 lakh and the hotel accommodation has doubled along with phenomenal rise in the number of tourist cabs. I strongly believe that GoAir is an integral part of this growth story and the award is dedicated to the joint success of all the players in the ecosystem.”
The award ceremony was graced by N.K. Udhaya Kumar, Chairman Port Blair Municipal Council as the Chief Guest; Tanveer Singh, president, Youth Chamber of Commerce and Industries; V.K.T. Balan, President, Tamil Nadu Tour Travel and Hospitality Association; Tarun Tomar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Andaman Islands and Moutoshi Naskar, Assistant Director, India Tourism Board.
According to the data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) GoAir – India’s fastest growing airline – has emerged as the most punctual airline in August 2019, thereby creating history in the Indian aviation sector. This is the 12th month in a row that GoAir has achieved the distinction of being on top of on-time-performance (OTP) charts. As per the data, GoAir registered 85.1% OTP, the highest among scheduled domestic airlines in August 2019.
GoAir currently operates 325+ daily flights and carried around 13.91 lakh passengers in the month of August 2019. GoAir flies to 24 domestic destinations including Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Kannur, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Ranchi and Srinagar. GoAir flies to 7 international destinations, including Phuket, Malé (seasonal), Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Dubai, Kuwait and Singapore taking off soon.