17th January, 2020

Air Deccan To Begin Operations Under Udan

Expanding the regional aviation scheme, the aviation regulator DGCA has now granted flying permit to Air Deccan too.The scheduled commuter operator (SCO) permit was handed over to G R Gopinath, promoter of Air Deccan, on the evening of Dec 22.

The Air Deccan may now fly on regional routes under the regional connectivity scheme titled ‘Udan’. It caps fares at Rs 2,500 for a flight that would last under-one.Air Deccan bagged 34 routes in the first round of bidding for the scheme. It has also announced its inaugural flight set to take off for Jalgaon from Mumbai.

The airline also plans to connect the small cities of Nashik and Kolhapur. It will deploy a Beachcraft B-1900D plane with a capacity of 19 seats on this route. It has acquired three beachcrafts so far.

Deccan also operated a cargo service under the name of Deccan 360 in 2011. Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani has invested Rs 100 crore in the failed venture, which would have been the country’s first pure-play cargo airline had it took off.