Saturday, October 01, 2016

Puducherry will soon be back on aviation map

The flight operations at the airport here are set to resume from January 2017 with the Government of Puducherry signing a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under Regional Connectivity Scheme with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Airports Authority of India.

The MoU was signed by the Chief Secretary to Government Manoj Parida on behalf of Government of Puducherry and Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary on behalf of Ministry of Civil Aviation, in the presence of Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy and Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism Malladi Krishna Rao.

R.N. Choubey , Secretary (Civil Aviation), and A.K. Dutta, Member from Airports Authority of India), were present.

The Centre’s Regional Connectivity Scheme was conceived to provide air services between un-served and under-served cities.

The Government said the signing of this MoU marks a historic phase of development in the aviation sector for Puducherry as this will pave the way for making flying affordable for people.

“Puducherry already has a modern full-fledged airport, which is underutilised. By agreeing to give certain concessions, as required under the MoU, Government of Puducherry has ensured that regular flights will not only operate from Puducherry to other destinations, but also that flights will be affordable to common people,” a press note said.

With the Government proposing to have air connectivity to and from nearby cities, mostly lying within 500-km radius, airfare has been pegged at an affordable Rs. 2,500.
01/10/16 M.Dinesh Verma/The Hindu
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