Saturday, January 19, 2019

By 2020, Nashik likely to be one of India’s busiest airports

Mumbai: Ozar airport, located in the wine capital of India, Nashik, around 120 kilometres from Mumbai airport, is all set to become a bustling airport on domestic routes. It has been defunct for the last three weeks, after Air Deccan failed to operate flights and pay salaries to the staff. The carrier had been operating services from Nashik to other cities for the past three months but has now been replaced with SpiceJet by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Under the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme, several private air-carriers have shown interest in starting services from Nashik to Delhi, Mumbai and other cities across the country. In the next month, five new routes will be operational from Nashik.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai is one of the busiest airports in India. The proposed Navi Mumbai international airport is expected to be functional by the end of 2021. Until then, Ozar airport, 18 kilometres from Nashik City is likely to emerge as the best option for the CSIA to divert air traffic as well as to reduce its passenger load. The attractive ‘offer package’ under UDAN is drawing private players to Nashik. It is expected that in the near future, Nashik will be connected to Delhi, Pune, Allahabad, Bhopal, Ahmedabad and Indan through air.

“SpiceJet will begin services from Nashik to Mumbai, Prayagraj and Indan (Haryana) and from Jalgaon to Mumbai from February 13. Turbo Mega’s TruJet will begin services from Kolhapur to Mumbai, Nashik to Pune and Solapur to Mumbai from the same day,” he said.
19/01/18 Free Press Journal
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