Monday, August 27, 2018

No takers for Mamata Banerjee’s air service plan from Cooch Behar airport

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s pet project to begin flight services from Cooch Behar airport has run into rough weather as the chosen airlines carrier is still undecided about when to start flight operations from the airport fearing dearth of passengers.
All the required facilities, including check-in and checkout counters, space for ticket counter, security checking, runways and apron, are ready for the last eight months, but no airlines company has shown encouraging signs for introducing flight operation.
Deccan Charter, a Bangalore-based low cost Airline of Air Deccan, was scheduled to operate small aircraft from August, 2017 under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN. The airline had planned to use ~ 20-seater Beech aircraft from Kolkata airport to Cooch Behar, Andal, Burnpur, and Jamshedpur.
“We still did not get any confirmation when the Deccan Charter would begin flight services from Cooch Behar aircraft,” a senior state transport department official said.
TrueJet, another Hyderabad-based airline, has agreed to conduct a feasibility study for operating small aircraft from Cooch Behar airport to Guwahati airport. Senior officials of TrueJet will visit Cooch Behar airport in October and carry out feasibility study, a senior state government official said.
26/08/18 Aparajit Chakraborty/Statesman

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