Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Air Odisha UDAN flights hit air pocket as 8 airports not ready for operations

The proposed flight services of Air Odisha under the much-trumpeted UDAN scheme have run into rough weather with as many as eight airports across three states not ready for operations. Besides, the Bhubaneswar-based air charter firm is awaiting the scheduled commuter operator’s (SCO) permit from the aviation regulator DGCA, which will allow it to launch services on the designated routes under the scheme, a source in the know of things said.
“Eight of the 26 airports from where we have to launch regional flights under the UDAN scheme are ready for operations as some work is still going on.
“Besides, we have been waiting for our SCO permit from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. We are hopeful of getting it within this month. But even then, we will not be in a position to launch services at least before November due to the airport issues,” the source said.
Air Odisha is one of the five air operators who won bids for flying on 128 routes connecting 70 airports under the Government’s Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme, which seeks to provide air connectivity to the unserved airports as well as enhance flight operations to under served airports.
Unserved airports are the one where there is no flight whereas the underserved airports have been categorised as the ones which have three or less flights per week.
26/09/17 PTI/Financial Express

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