Saturday, December 29, 2018

Zoom Air likely to restart operations in January

Gurgaon-based Zoom Air, which has been grounded since July, is likely to restart operations from next month after the aviation regulator renewed the carrier’s flying permit which had been held back over safety concerns.

A senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official said the airline had been asked to send a revised operating schedule. Zoom Air, which connects towns like Tezpur, Jorhat, Jabalpur to Kolkata, could not operate a single flight in the past six months due to financial and operational challenges. Its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) was renewed earlier this week.

“There were concerns regarding aircraft management systems that we looked into. The airline has passed the safety audit requirements which allow them to re-start operations,” the DGCA official told FE.
Zoom Air recorded around 77% passenger load factor (PLF) on its 50-seater, CRJ200 aircraft, during 2018 before it was grounded. The airline, at the beginning of the year, had announced plans to raise Rs 100 crore to extensively connect northeast under the government’s regional connectivity scheme — Udan.
29/12/18 Arun Nayal/Financial Express

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