The cheap domestic airline, Air Deccan is all set to relaunch operations this month with what it is remembered for the most – Re1 airfares. Under financial duress in 2012, the Air Deccan which was founded by G.R. Gopinath in 2003, merged with Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines. The first Air Deccan flight will take off from Nashik to Mumbai on December 22, says Captain G R Gopinath. This Air Deccan, airline operation will begin with four bases at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Shillong connecting them with smaller cities. The government’s Udan scheme (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik), which means, “let the common man fly” and proposes to connect small towns on fares of about Rs 2,500 per person for an hour’s flight.
Reportedly the airline plans for a second flight from Delhi to connect the city with Agra, Shimla, Ludhiana, Pantnagar, Dehradun, and Kullu which will be take off in January. It is also said by officials that by January, four planes will be used for same services and one will be kept on standby. Captain Gopinath told to media that even though most ticket prices will start at about Rs 1,400 for 40 minutes, Nashik to Mumbai flight. Also, the Air Deccan will operate daily return flights from destination Nashik, Pune, Mumbai, and Jalgaon.
In the first innings the round of bidding for the RCS in March, five airlines were awarded 128 routes. In which, Air Odisha was had 50 routes and Air Deccan had 34 routes, bagged as the maximum number of routes under this scheme. At that time the carriers were given six months to start same operations, however, the deadline expired on September 30.
Now in this second Inning, the Air Deccan will also set the stations in from Shillong to Imphal, Dimapur, Aizawl, and Agartala and also from Kolkata, flying them to Jamshedpur, Rourkela, Durgapur, Bagdogra, Burnpur, Cooch Behar, Agartala.