Friday, March 31, 2017

From Air Odisha to Turbo Megha: These airlines will take you to newer cities under Modi’s UDAN scheme

Air India subsidiary Airline Allied Services, SpiceJet, Air Deccan, Air Odisha and Turbo Megha – These are the five airlines which won bids to operate on 128 routes in order to connect the country’s under-served and unserved airports under the Centre’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) where fares are capped at Rs 2,500 for one-hour flights. Air Odisha Aviation got a maximum number of 50 routes followed by Air Deccan (34) and Turbo Megha Airways (18). The AI subsidiary Airline Allied Services would operate on 15 routes while SpiceJet won bids for 11 routes. Interestingly, at least two of the airlines that have been awarded routes — Air Odisha and Air Deccan — had been in the news earlier. Air Odisha’s Chairman and Managing Director was arrested last June on charges of cheating while GR Gopinath’s Air Deccan was acquired by Kingfisher Airlines. The first flight under UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) is expected to start next month, Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said.
As many as 70 airports, including 31 unserved and 12 under-served ones, would be connected with the UDAN flights. Announcing the names of winning bidders and the routes, Choubey said 128 routes are being awarded to a total of five operators. The carriers will operate 19-78 seater aircraft. These flights would connect airports spread across over 20 states and union territories including Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
31/03/17 Financial Express