Thursday, June 01, 2006

Air Deccan flight rethink in funds delay

Ranchi: The inordinate delay on part of the state government in releasing the subsidy amount to Air Deccan for the proposed Ranchi-Patna-Delhi prime time flight is pushing the airlines to do a rethink.
The subsidised flight, supposed to take off on June 1, has been grounded for now by the planning department.
The result — the low-cost carrier is now thinking of extending the Patna-Delhi route (supposed to start from June 15) to Raipur instead of Ranchi.
Asked about the proposed flight, planning secretary A.K. Chug refused to comment on the issue while industry secretary Arun Kumar Singh merely assured that the flight would soon take wings. Sources, however, said the planning department wanted a few suggestions to be followed before allowing the release of funds to Air Deccan to start the subsidised flight.
31/05/06 Calcutta Telegraph
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