Monday, March 27, 2017

Gopinath bags rights for regional flights

Exactly a decade after he sold Air Deccan to now-defunct Kingfisher, the father of low-cost flying in India — Captain G R Gopinath — will return to the world of scheduled commercial flights. His firm, Deccan Charter, is among the players which has bagged rights to operate flights under the Centre's regional connectivity scheme (RCS).
Air Deccan, along with Air Odisha, has reportedly won 50 regional routes. The other successful bidders include two big boys — SpiceJet and Air India's subsidiary Alliance Air — apart from small players like regional carrier TrueJet's holding company Turbo Megha Airways. Under RCS, hourly fares have been capped at Rs 2,500.
While RCS will kick off with Alliance Air operating a Delhi-Bhatinda flight soon, other players start operations in first round of the scheme later this summer. Sources said first round of RCS would see flights on 70 routes by five operators at 43 airports.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) had received 43 initial proposals from 11 bidders for 43 airports which would offer RCS flights. Of these, 31 are unserved airports and rest under-served.
Sources say Air Odisha will operate about 25 and Captain Gopinath's Deccan Charter will fly on 21 routes. Alliance Air and SpiceJet will operate RCS flights on at least five routes each, Turbo Megha would fly on at least six routes, they said. Some airports will see two operators operating flights on different routes.
27/03/17 The Times Of India