Chennai to get flights under Udan

CHENNAI: Less than four months after the ministry of civil aviation signed an MoU with the state government, the first daily flight between Chennai and Mysuru was inaugurated by minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha on Wednesday.

More routes are set to be launched from Chennai under the Udan scheme in the coming weeks, reports The Times of India.

Hyderabad based regional airline Trujet, which has bagged 18 regional routes in the first phase of bidding, will start daily flights from Chennai to Salem and Kadapa in the first week of November.

“We will be flying a 70-seater ATR plane daily from Chennai to Mysuru and back. We have a fleet of four planes and one more will be added this year. Three more planes will be added subsequently, “said Trujet’s ma naging director V Umesh.

The airline will also fly to Tuticorin from Chennai, which will not be part of the Udan scheme. “There is good patronage for the Mysuru flight owing to demand from business travellers, leisure travellers and those who travel on social visits, “said Umesh. There is a cap on fare and prices go up after the booking of 35 seats but the maximum fare will not exceed Rs 3,000, he added.

Neyveli, Salem and Hosur are also part of the regional connectivity scheme. Sinha said the Airports Authority of India (AAI) was taking steps to operate flights to Hosur airport under the scheme. “Discussions are taking place on some of the nitty gritties of operating the airport, “he added. The GVK-run Bengaluru airport has not given an NoC for operating flights at Hosur citing its proximity to the Bengaluru airport.

“A few airstrips in Tamil Nadu have also been included in round two of the bidding but airlines must show interest in starting services when the ministry is ready to provide the airport infrastructure, “said Sinha.


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