Sunday, October 23, 2016

Foreign carriers show interest in launching regional airlines

New Delhi: In a big boost to the Modi government’s ambitious regional connectivity plan, carriers from the gulf region have shown interest in launching regional airlines to implement the scheme that aims to give wings to aam aadmi’s flying dream.

“Lots of people have come to us with queries about the regional connectivity scheme. Some large global airlines have expressed interest in the scheme and some of the gulf carriers too have shown interest in starting a regional airline in the country to provide regional connectivity,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told ET.

He added that Indian domestic carriers, regional carriers like Air Pegasus (shut operations due to unavailability of aircraft), Air Costa, non-scheduloed operators, state-owned helicopter operator Pawan Hans and players from the US and UK have also shown interest.

According to the regional connectivity scheme — named UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) — the government has announced to offer flights to unserved and underserved parts of the country at a subsidised fare of Rs 2,500 for per hour of flight.
23/10/16 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times