|Without commercial connectivity, Puducherry airport
would return to being used only by choppers of VIPs,
charter flight and local flying school.
Puducherry’s only commercial airline’s proposal to terminate flights has left frequent fliers and the tourism sector in the lurch. While hoping that regular connectivity would be resumed, changes in the current flight schedule and government support could make the service more viable, say travellers.
The airline’s proposal to wind up services comes a year after the first flight from Puducherry was launched in January 2013. Though the airline operated flights between Puducherry and Bangalore, it offered connections to all four metros, which is believed to have been a big boost to tourism.
“The move to cancel the only commercial airline is a big blow to the industry, particularly as the service was just beginning to get more traction with business travellers,” said Amarnath , president, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Puducherry. He said that the connective services offered were slowly getting more patronage from business travellers. While lack of return service on the same day was a sore point, current flight timings scheduled for 3.30 p.m were better than the earlier schedule which was around 1 p.m.
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