Alliance Air (India) (9I, Mumbai Int'l) is planning to rapidly develop its domestic network, benefitting from the support granted by the central government under the UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme, Chief Executive C S Subbiah told Indian newswire PTI.

"We are looking at flying to Jagdalpur, Gulbarga (Gulbarga). These are the two new routes. The flight from Gulbarga will connect to Bangalore Int'l and later to Chennai. Jagdalpur route would be connected from Hyderabad Int'l then later to Raipur and then it would go to Bhopal," he said.

Kalaburagi is a new airport in central India which is due to open on November 15, 2019. It has yet to secure any scheduled traffic.

Subbiah clarified that the airline will announce a host of new routes for the Winter 2019/20 season, with launches scheduled to happen within the next two months. All new services will be operated with ATR72-600 equipment. According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, Alliance Air currently operates 18 such turboprops and two ATR42-300s.

Alliance Air is also looking at expansion in the north-east of India, with prospective flights from Guwahati to Dimapur and Imphal, as well as in the south with services from Madurai to Tiruchirapally. Finally, in the west of India, Alliance Air is eyeing flights from Nashik to Pune and from Ahmedabad to Kandla.

The regional specialist, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, has also recently operated its first international flight, to Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. While the October 17 flight was a one-off charter, Alliance Air is planning to add the Sri Lankan airport to its scheduled network.