Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Puducherry airport all set to fly high

Puducherry: Flight services are expected to resume through the airport here from July 1 with SpiceJet operating a daily flight between Puducherry and Hyderabad.

The SpiceJet commitment came at a video-conferencing meeting convened in Delhi by R. N. Choubey, Civil Aviation Secretary with respective Chief Secretaries, operators and various stakeholders under the Centre’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).

The Hyderabad-Puducherry-Hyderabad flight will be operated under the flagship scheme also referred to as Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik or UDAN being implemented by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

“We have pegged the per ticket tariff at a subsidised rate of ₹2,500 as per the scheme,” Mr. Parida told The Hindu after the meeting.

The Puducherry Government has also raised concern over the delay in moving the RCS forward in spite of extending a bouquet of attractive concessions.

In response, SpiceJet has mooted operating a direct flight connecting Puducherry and Bengaluru provided some additional concessions are provided.

“However, releasing more concessions needed to be thought through as already under the RCS a slew of waivers such as landing fees and concessions including free water, electricity and reduced 1 per cent VAT on fuel is being extended,” Mr. Parida said.

Incidentally, SpiceJet, which had been the first to launch flight services from here in 2013, re-enters air space over Puducherry with direct flights connecting Puducherry and Hyderabad. The airline operator is expected to press in a 60-seater ATR aircraft.
03/05/17 The Hindu

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