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Air Deccan to resume flying soon now under Udan scheme to tier two and three cities

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 there soon.

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 flight.

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 and Kolhapur.

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 in 2007.

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.


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