Thursday, August 17, 2017

UDAN scheme: Flight services resume from Pondy to Hyderabad after 3 years

Puducherry: After a gap of about three years, flight services resumed from the Union Territory, with the launch of services between Puducherry and Hyderabad this morning.

Chief Minister V Narayanasamy accorded a warm reception to passengers on their arrival at Puducherry airport in neighbouring Lawspet by private carrier Spicejet.

He had earlier inaugurated the daily flight service by lighting the traditional lamp on the premises of the airport linking Puducherry with Hyderabad and Vijayawada.

Narayanasamy handed over to each of the 78 passengers boarding passes for the newly introduced service to Hyderabad.

Accompanied by his cabinet colleagues, Chief Secretary Manoj Parida, Deputy Speaker V P Sivakolundhu and legislators belonging to the ruling Congress and DMK and AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP N Gokulakrishnan, the Chief Minister presented gift hampers and garlands when 74 passengers landed at the airport.

Flight services were resumed following an agreement inked between Spicejet and the Union Civil Aviation Ministry to operate daily flight services from here to Hyderabad and Vijayawada

Later, Narayanasamy told reporters that Spicejet had come forward to operate the scheme under the centrally- sponsored UDAN scheme for regional air connectivity.

He said that with the introduction of flight services, passengers proceeding to Hyderabad would be saved the trouble of a tedious journey if they preferred to go by road or by proceeding to Chennai for a connecting flight.

"We have brought into effect flight services overcoming several hurdles," he said without elaborating.

"The resumption of flight services is in keeping with the arrangements the Union Civil Aviation Ministry had made.
16/08/17 PTI/Business Standard