Saturday, September 29, 2018

UDAN fails to attract flyers

Jagatsinghpur: UDAN scheme was launched with much fanfare at Veer Surendra Sai Airport (VSSA) here on September 22. But the service seems to have failed to attract flyers. According to an airport official, “The flight of Air Odisha on Bhubaneswar-Jharsuguda-Raipur route has not been able to attract many passengers in the first week of its launch. The response is poor. Of the 18 seats in the flight, only two to three seats were booked during departure and arrival on most days. So far, around 40 passengers have travelled in the flight.”

Debendra Swain, a local, said in the first week of its launch, the flight was cancelled for two days. “We had purchased 10 tickets from Jharsuguda to Bhubaneswar at VSSA counter. But due to flight cancellation, we were forced to return the tickets, while the authorities have no information about its resumption,” he said.
On September 24, the A-320 Airbus-type aircraft came from Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda without passenger and left for Raipur with only two passengers, while it was cancelled for the next day, he added.
Jharsuguda Airport Director S K Chouhan said the Airbus was sent to Kolkata for two days for its maintenance. As there is no online booking facility for the passengers, it is getting low response. However, steps are being taken in this regard. The passenger flow is likely to increase in future, he added.
29/09/18 New Indian Express