Sunday, February 25, 2018

Air services to Diu, Daman to cut travel time, boost tourism

Surat: Kanhaiya Paanwala, a real estate developer in Adajan, always wanted to fly to Diu with his family members. He still remembers the treacherous 16-hour long road journey from Surat to Diu. Paanwala’s dream came true with Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging off Daman’s first commercial chopper service to Diu on Saturday. The PM also launched Diu-Ahmedabad flight service which will reduce the eight-hour road journey to just over an hour.
“It’s amazing. Now we can fly directly to Diu. But it will still take three hours for us to travel by road to Daman and get the chopper to Diu. I have gathered information from my friends in Daman about the chopper service and he has promised me to help book four tickets for the next weekend after Holi festival,” said Paanwala.
Like Paanwala, there are many tourists in the Diamond City and south Gujarat, yearning for the air connectivity to Diu for last many years.
Tourists from both Diu and Daman will be able to fly to their favourite destinations within an hour, dramatically cutting short the treacherous 16-hour road journey from south Gujarat to Diu.
Pawan Hans Limited, a government of India enterprise, has launched the service in a six-seater chopper. The chopper will depart from Daman helipad at 9.30am to reach Diu at 10.40am. In the return journey, the chopper will depart from Diu at 11.30am to reach Daman at 12.40pm.
Official sources said that the chopper service could be availed at the introductory price of Rs 2,600 as one-way fare. The government of India is providing subsidy to the airline company for three months.
25/02/18 Times of India

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