Friday, August 03, 2018

Business is going to boom, says Shaishav Shah, MD, Air Odisha, Air Deccan

UDAN, aimed at making air travel affordable and widespread, has received mixed reactions from the industry so far. DNA Money spoke with Shaishav Shah, MD, of Air Odisha and Air Deccan about the experience and the challenges ahead. Shaishav who is married to Prity, the sister of the $11 billion Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani, is optimistic about the growth prospects.

Your airlines have received amongst the highest number of slots under the RCS. How has been the experience so far and what are the challenges?
RCS has been a good concept and I am sure it will help take Indian aviation to greater heights. Overall, the traffic has picked up since the time RCS began and I expect it to double in the next one year. There is a lot of scope to bring more and more people to fly and as repeated passengers grow, there is going to be a boom in the business.

However, there are many challenges and it will get solved as we move ahead. Some of the infrastructure challenges that need to be addressed include creating night landing facilities at the airports apart from other necessary aircraft navigational functions, etc. Another big problem has been that major airports like Mumbai and Delhi are not allotting enough slots under RCS. The slots that are being offered is for flying during odd hours of 1-4 am.  So,  indirectly its saying ‘NO’.
03/08/18 ZeeBiz