Air Manas flies to Bishkek

Sharad C. Goel, MD, Lark Lo­gis­tics, GSA of Air Manas in In­dia, shares about the new con­nec­tiv­ity by Air Manas and how Kyr­gyzs­tan can be the next MICE des­ti­na­tion for In­dia

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Please tell us about the new flight be­tween Delhi-Bishkek.

Air Manas started oper­at­ing in In­dia from Fe­bru­ary 2015 with two flights a week. From June we have added one more flight on this route. Apart from Tues­days and Fri­days we are now oper­at­ing on Sun­days as well. From Bishkek, one can have con­ve­nient con­nec­tions to Moscow and Is­tan­bul.

Are you fo­cus­ing on MICE busi­ness?

The ma­jor­ity of those vis­it­ing Kyr­gyzs­tan cur­rently are leisure tourists. How­ever, our re­cent road­show in Delhi fo­cused pri­mar­ily on MICE, and there were MNCs, in­dus­tri­al­ists and agents who can pro­mote MICE. Bishkek has a num­ber of good ho­tels, and also of­fers good food, ser­vice and nightlife. The peo­ple are very co­op­er­a­tive and there is no dif­fi­culty for tourists in terms of safety. Issyk Kul Lake has beau­ti­ful beaches and wa­ter sports fa­cil­i­ties. If com­pa­nies want to have their meet­ings there, then we, along with Air Manas of­fice in Kyr­gyzs­tan would or­gan­ise every­thing for them.

How has the re­sponse of the road­show been?

With this road­show we as­sume to ful­fil our tar­get. Leisure tourism is al­ready es­tab­lished, while MICE tourism still needs to be de­vel­oped in the right earnest. Af­ter the road­show, we have re­ceived 10-15 en­quiries of big groups of more than 100 peo­ple each. In fact, Kyr­gyzs­tan could be a very beau­ti­ful wed­ding des­ti­na­tion. And the big­gest ad­van­tage is that the flight is only three hours, and the rates are very low. We start from $300 plus, and with big group, the rates are fixed. We do not charge any­thing ex­tra. Air Manas is a LCC. We do not have any busi­ness class and food is on call. There are soft drinks and liquor avail­able on board, and we are start­ing to sell liquor and ci­garettes as well in the near fu­ture.

Sharad C. Goel

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