Sunday, July 15, 2018

Air Deccan set to resume operations on all 9 routes in Maharashtra

Mumbai: Almost A month after suspending flight operations on the routes connected under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS), low-cost airline Air Deccan is set to resume its operations in the state from Sunday. The move comes after the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation warned the airline to start operations on the routes at the earliest. The airline serves nine routes, which connect underserved airports (which do not see more than one flight operating in a day) of Jalgaon, Nashik and Kolhapur from Mumbai and Pune. Operations on these routes were suspended for almost a month since June, since the airline claimed it was facing a financial crisis.

“We are starting operations on all the nine routes from Sunday. Schedule of flights for the following days would be updated later,” an Air Deccan spokesperson said. Last Thursday, the ministry had given an ultimatum to the airline to start operations at the earliest, failing which, action would be taken against it. “If the airline had not resumed operations, we would have cancelled its bid to serve on these routes,” G K Chaukiyal, AAI Executive Director (RCS), said.

The airline, which resumed air operations after a gap of almost five years in 2017, had won the rights to operate RCS flights in the first round of bidding in March the same year. It was awarded 128 routes across the country, with nine routes based out of Maharashtra. During its re-launch, it offered Re-1 flight tickets to a “lucky few” customers.
15/07/18 Neha Kulkarni/Indian Express