Friday, December 15, 2017

UDAN operations set to begin by December-end

Pune: By December-end, four of the state's under-served airports will get connected through flights to important destinations under the first phase of the regional connectivity scheme (RCS) or UDAN (Udey Desh Ka Har Nagrik).
Senior officials of the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited (MADC) told TOI that the only airport that could be left out is Solapur. "The first phase of bidding happened in March and two airlines, TruJet and Air Deccan, won the rights to start flights from five under-served airports. By the end of this year, flight operations will begin from four of these airports," an official said.
The official said Air Deccan had announced earlier this week that they would begin operations from Nashik on December 23, connecting it to Mumbai and Pune, and Jalgaon to Mumbai. Flight operations at Kolhapur airport too are set to start within 2-3 days of that. "Kolhapur airport is managed by the Airports Authority of India. In all likelihood, Air Deccan will start flight operations from Kolhapur from December 24, but we cannot commit to that," Suresh Kakani, VC-MD of MADC said.
Air Deccan Officials are eyeing a December 23 start. "As per the plan, we hope to connect Kolhapur to Mumbai from December 23. We hope there are no changes," a senior official said.
15/12/17 Joy Sengupta/Times of India