Air Deccan the airline which pioneered the budget Air travel concept in
India at the dawn of the century will be back to flying business once again
with the aviation regulator granting it the flying permit to operate flights
under the regional connectivity scheme called the Udan. With all the existing budget
airlines like Indigo and Spice Jet participating in the bidding for operating
Udan flights, the tier two and three cities can hope to have aircrafts land
The scheduled commuter operator (SCO) permit to Air Deccan, which is
promoted by GR Gopinath, was handed over to the airline on December 22
according to sources in Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
This paves the way for the airline, to fly on regional routes under the
regional connectivity scheme that caps fares at Rs 2,500 for an under-one-hour
Air Deccan, which has bagged 34 routes in the first round of bidding for
the scheme, has already announced the inaugural flight, which is set to take
off for Jalgaon from Mumbai. Besides, the airline also plans to connect Nashik
Air Deccan proposes to deploy a 19-seater Beechcraft B-1900D plane on this route.
It has acquired three such planes so far.
It was the founder the air line
Gopinath who had flying possible for a common man with the introduction of the
budget airline concept in an aviation market where the state owned Indian
airlines enjoyed virtual monopoly. After successfully connecting various parts
of south India, Mr Gopinath sold the airline to now defunct Kingfisher Airlines
His attempt at launching a cargo service under the name of Deccan 360 in
2011 in association with Reliance Industries could not succeed. India is yet to
have domestic cargo airline.