HYDERABAD: Hyderabad-based regional airline Trujet will now be able to start flights to Mumbai, Shirdi and some more cities. This follows the airline being given the Air Operators’ Certificate (AOC) in the Scheduled Commuter Category (SCC). Incidentally, Trujet is the first AOC under the SCC, which has been issued by the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation.
“We are very proud to provide air connectivity to the metropolitans now. We will now connect the underserved cities with the big metros and contribute towards the overall economic growth. We are very hopeful that the response will exceed our expectations,” said Vankayalapati Umesh, managing director, Turbo Megha Airways. Under the category, air operators are allowed to operate with aircraft having a maximum All Up Weight (AUW) not exceeding 40 tonnes.
Turbo Megha is one of the five air operators which won bids to operate on 128 routes connecting 70 airports, of which 31 are unserved under the regional connectivity scheme — Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) —where fares are capped at Rs 2,500 for one-hour flights.
The airline currently
operates a set of ATR-72 aircraft and has acquired the fourth aircraft of the same type.