Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Air Deccan and Air Odisha routes under UDAN scheme fail to take off

New Delhi: The NDA government’s flagship civil aviation scheme, Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN), has run into some turbulence in the eastern part of the country, as regional airline companies such as Air Deccan and Air Odisha have failed to commence operations under this umbrella.

Staff shortage, technical issues with aircraft and high maintenance cost amid severe cost pressures have led to the grounding of two new routes opened under UDAN — from Jamshedpur (operated by Air Deccan) and Jharsuguda (operated by Air Odisha).

Air Deccan, India’s first low-cost carrier, revived in 2017 by its founder Captain G.R. Gopinath, was slated to commence operations between Kolkata and Jamshedpur by 30 September.

Air Odisha, meanwhile, was awarded the rights to operate flights between Jharsuguda and Bhubaneswar. It was also slated to connect Jharsuguda with Ranchi and Raipur. The Jharsuguda airport was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September.
16/01/19 Mahua Venkatesh/Print

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