Thursday, July 06, 2017

Air Pegasus set to fly again this July

Bengaluru: Regional carrier Air Pegasus, which had ceased operations on July 26, 2016, would take off again after a year’s break, expecting to re-launch operations by the end of this month.

The carrier would commence operations with two ATR-72 turboprop aircraft, and expand the fleet size to four by end of December — all of which will be leased. The said planes will serve the airline’s existing destinations of Hubballi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Chennai, Madurai, and Mangaluru, besides Vijayawada, among others.

It must be noted that another regional carrier, Air Costa, ceased operations in February this year, leaving a vacuum of sorts in the regional market. “It is in this vacuum that we see an opportunity,” Air Pegasus Managing Director Shyson Thomas said.

Thomas explained that the airline had submitted its revival plan to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which has further referred it to the Ministry of Civil Aviation. “The ministry has approved it, and is forwarding it back to the DGCA. Now, the DGCA is fast-processing our revival plan, which means that most-probably by July 31, we’re planning our return to the sky,” he told DH.
06/07/17 Deccan Herald