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g_111199_airdeccan_280x210.jpgImage: Jagadheesh / Reuters

Regional Turbulence critics of the government’s regional connectivity scheme or Udan are having the last laugh. Their scepticism over its viability, especially for regional airlines, does not seem to be misplaced.

g_111201_aviation_280x210.jpgAccording to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), two regional airlines, Air Deccan and Air Odisha, reported zero passenger traffic in October. In the July to September quarter, their numbers were 3,000 and 1,000, respectively.

“The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has cancelled the agreements with Air Odisha due to its poor performance. From November 20, it will not be permitted to operate from seven airports,” SK Chauhan, airport director, Veer Surendra Sai airport in Jharsuguda, told the Indo-Asian News Service. “It has failed to operate the minimum 70 percent of scheduled flights from these airports within three months.”  

AAI has also cancelled the licences of Air Deccan. A query sent to Captain GR Gopinath of Air Deccan went unanswered. Both airlines are struggling with issues ranging from pilot shortage to lack of manpower and infrastructure. “I don’t see Udan viable for standalone operators,” Kapil Kaul, CEO, CAPA South Asia, had told Forbes India early last year.

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2018-12-06 08:34:24

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