Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Now take direct flights on Belgaum-Nashik route; UDAN connects 311 regional airports


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Bengaluru: The first direct flight operations between Nashik, Maharashtra and Belgaum, Karnataka started on Monday under the RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme — Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik).

The beginning of flight operations on the Nashik-Belgaum route expands Belgaum's aerial connectivity to the 10 destinations across India. The Belgaum airport has emerged as the third busiest airport in terms of traffic in the state, after Bengaluru and Mangaluru.

Officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) were present at the launch of the flight operations. Till date, 311 routes have been operationalized under the UDAN scheme.

The decision to start flights on the route was taken after several requests because there were no direct flight or train operations between these cities, till date. People were forced to travel by road and take up a long journey of more than 10 hours, MoCA said in a statement issued Monday.

Star Air was awarded the Belgaum-Nashik route during the UDAN 3 bidding process. The airlines are being provided Viability Gap Funding (VGF) under the UDAN scheme to keep the fares affordable & accessible for the common people.

The airline will be operating thrice-weekly flights on the route and will deploy its 50-seater Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft. The route marks the commencement of the 15th UDAN route by the airline.

26/01/21 ETNowNews.com

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