Friday, January 12, 2018

Affordable steel city-Calcutta flight from this month

Jamshedpur: Private operator Air Deccan plans to start its Calcutta-Jamshedpur flight on January 23, three weeks before the civil aviation ministry's deadline of February 15. What's more, the one-way fare should be around Rs 1,670, well within reach of many.

Air Deccan authorities have already written to Airports Authority of India (AAI) in Calcutta, mentioning their desire to start the service from January 23 and their flight timings, CEO Air Deccan G.K. Anantharaman told this reporter from Bangalore on Thursday.

"We sent the letter to AAI authorities in Calcutta earlier this month expressing our intent to start Calcutta-flight services from January 23, 2018. It will be a to and fro morning flight between Calcutta and Jamshedpur with one-way fare of around Rs 1670. The exact schedule will be announced on our website," Anantharaman, who worked in Tata Steel in Jamshedpur in the 1990s, said.

Union civil aviation minister of state and Hazaribagh MP Jayant Sinha during his Jamshedpur on Tuesday had promised that if Air Deccan, which won the bid on this route under the Centre's Udan scheme, did not start by February 15, the permission to fly would go to the next bidder.

"We got late importing a plane on lease (18-passenger Beechcraft 1900D) and getting DGCA certification of planes and pilots and airport clearances. But now we are all geared up," Anantharaman said.

Tentatively, the flight will leave Calcutta (Dum Dum Airport) at 8.30am and reach Jamshedpur (Sonari Airport) at 9.10am, leave Jamshedpur at 9.30am and reach Calcutta at 10.10am.
12/01/18 Animesh Bisoee/Telegraph