Friday, November 23, 2018

5 months after 1st flight, Bastar falls off air map

Raipur: The air service to tribal Bastar region, launched by PM Modi with much fanfare in June, has been discontinued due to nonfulfillment of contractual promises, allegedly by Air Odisha.
Raipur’s Swami Vivekanand Airport director Rakesh R Sahay told TOI that air connectivity between Raipur and Jagdalpur, the divisional headquarters of Bastar, had been suspended because Air Odisha “was not able to fulfil the terms mentioned in the agreement between Airport Authority of India and Air Odisha”. The agreement was that the operator will operate at least 70% of the scheduled flight. Sahay said bidding will be held afresh.
23/11/18 Nisreen Naaz/Times of India

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