Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Air Deccan to restart operations from December 22, offer Re 1 fare

Low-cost domestic air carrier Air Deccan is set to restart operations with the first flight in its second inning scheduled for December 22. The carrier will also bring back its trademark Re 1 airfares, a model that helped it garner massive popularity in its heydays.

The airline was founded in 2003 by G.R. Gopinath and merged with Kingfisher Airlines in 2008. Kingfisher later stopped operations due to financial constraints. The revival of the low-cost carrier will see it operating from four bases — Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Shillong. From these hubs, it will connect to other smaller cities.
The first flight will take off on December 22 from Nashik to Mumbai. The airline will start flight operations under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), also called the Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (Udan) scheme. The Centre launched Udan scheme to ensure more people would adopt flying as a mode of transport, increase connectivity to smaller cities, and give a fillip to the aviation sector.

Udan places a cap on airfares at Rs 2,500 per passenger for a flight stretching up to an hour to tier-2 and tier-3 cities while subsidising flying for keeping the airfares low. The Re 1 airfare will be offered to a few people initially and later the fares will be set in the regular low-cost price range. Gopinath worked for several years to revive the airline and won rights to fly several routes under Udan.
13/12/17 Indian Express

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