Monday, October 29, 2018

Government cancels Delhi network of Air Odisha, Air Deccan

The government has cancelled the Delhi network of Air Odisha and Air Deccan, two of the five airlines which took part in the first round of UDAN or the regional airport development and regional connectivity scheme of the government.
"They had not started operations even after repeated extension of deadlines, they are facing some financial troubles as well,"  a senior official aware of the development told CNBC-TV18. "This would not have much impact on these routes but as for the smaller airports, we don't want to cancel, we want to give them a long rope."
Under the first phase of UDAN or Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik, Air Odisha's Delhi sector comprised of Delhi-Gwalior-Lucknow-Gorakhpur, Delhi-Kanpur-Varanasi and Delhi-Dehradun, while that of Air Deccan included Delhi-Pantnagar-Dehradun, and Delhi to Kullu, Shimla, Agra, and Ludhiana.
Last week, the civil aviation ministry had sent a showcause notice to Air Odisha on the sudden suspension of operations at Jharsuguda airport. The airline has written back to the government saying that it will be in a position to start operations from November 1 as its BEACH-1900 D aircraft is fit to fly, people familiar with the matter told CNBC-TV18.
29/10/18 Anu Sharma/CNBC TV18

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