Monday, August 14, 2017

In the air for the third time

Puducherry: After several failed attempts, Puducherry will again try its luck to have uninterrupted air connectivity with a Bombardier SpiceJet aircraft taking off from Puducherry airport on Wednesday morning.

Hectic preparations are on at the airport for the resumption of flight operations from Wednesday after about two years of hibernation since Alliance Air suspended operations after six months, following differences over subsidy with the Government. Before that SpiceJet had launched flight services in 2013 with direct flights connecting Puducherry and Bengaluru but stopped operations after about a year.

A sizeable contingent, including the entire Cabinet led Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy, legislators and senior officials would be present at the airport to see SpiceJet taking off its inaugural flight to Hyderabad around 10. 30 a.m.

Around 40 personnel from the India Reserve Battalion and Sigma Security of territorial police would take over the security of the airport from Wednesday. The men from IRB and Sigma Security would be responsible for security clearance.
13/08/17 Rajesh B. Nair/The Hindu