Thursday, June 15, 2006

Pondicherry back on the air map after 15 years

Pondicherry: After a gap of 15 years, Pondicherry is once again on the country's air map. An 18-seater Dornier of private air service provider Jagson Airlines Ltd took off for Tirupati from here on Wednesday morning to mark the restoration of air links to the Union Territory.
Ever since Vayudoot stopped operations from Pondicherry in 1991, the airport has been handling only trainer aircraft from the Orient Flight School and the NCC and the occasional chartered flight. The Jagson Dornier aircraft took off with four special guests and a few officers from the territorial administration after the Lt Governor M.M. Lakhera inaugurated the operations.
There will be a 25 per cent discount during the initial period. The Government has begun the process of extending the runway from its present length.
14/06/06 Rajesh Nair/The Hindu
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