Monday, December 03, 2018

Air Deccan flights to Kolhapur, Nashik suspended

Mumbai: In a setback to the operation of flight services under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) in Maharashtra, Air Deccan flights to Kolhapur, Nashik and Jalgaon have been suspended after the Ministry of Civil Aviation terminated its contract with the airline. Air Deccan was inconsistent in operating flight services under the RCS, said officials.
The move has majorly affected almost 60 per cent of the RCS services in the state, as the airline connected the underserved airports (which do not have more than a flight a day), including Kolhapur and Jalgaon.
The airline, which resumed operations after a gap of almost 10 years, had won the right to operate RCS flights in the first round of bidding held in March 2017. It was awarded 34 routes across the country, with eight based out of Maharashtra.
While Air Deccan started services in Nashik under RCS from December 23, 2017 with the Nashik-Pune inaugural flight, the Nashik-Mumbai flight began operating from December 26, 2017.
The airline is now left with around 30 routes in the Northeast, Kolkata and Gujarat. The ministry has given it an ultimatum of one month to operate regular flight services to these routes.
03/12/18 Neha Kulkarni/Indian Express

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