Monday, August 30, 2010

South India to get regional airline

New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation has given ‘in-principle approval' to a Mumbai-based company, Freedom Aviation Private Ltd, to import six aircraft to start scheduled regional airline operations in the South. The airline, which hopes to take wing by next year, plans to link most major tier-II cities in the southern region. Official sources confirmed to Business Line that the licence to start a regional airline has been cleared by the Government.
“It is still too early to discuss all the details of the airline,” Captain Vijay Kumar Madan, listed as Accountable Manager on the Web site of the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation, said, over phone from Mumbai.
A regional airline is allowed to operate flights from any airport in the four designated regions, to any airport in the country. At present, there are no regional airlines operating in the country.
29/08/10 Ashwini Phadnis/Business Line