STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Puducherry back on aviation map as Spice Jet launches daily Hyderabad flights

Spice Jet is operating the  Hyderabad-Puducherry flights, under Ude Desh ki Aam Naagarik scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Published: 16th August 2017 02:53 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2017 02:54 PM   |  A+A-

SpiceJet airlines (File photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

PUDUCHERRY: After a gap of two years, Puducherry is back on India’s  aviation map with the commencement of daily to and fro flight operation on Puducherry-Hyderabad route from today.  Spice Jet is operating the  Hyderabad-Puducherry flights, under UDAN (Ude Desh ki Aam Naagarik)  scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The maiden flight from Hyderabad on arrival in Puducherry  Airport was greeted with grand water cannon salute in line with aviation tradition.  The passengers were welcome by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy along with ministers A Namassivayam, M Kandasamy, Deputy Speaker V P Sivakozhundu with garland and presented with mementoes in presence of  Chief Secretary Manoj Parida, Tourism Secretary P Parthiban,  DGP  S K Gautam, Airport Authority of India and Spice Jet officials.

Later the flight from Puducherry was flagged off by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy along with ministers A Namassivayam, M Kandasamy, after issuing boarding passes to them while  Tourism Minister Malladi Krishna Rao flew to Hyderabad on the inaugural flight.

Spice jet is operating a Q-300 Bombardier aircraft with a seating capacity of 78 and flying time of 1 hour 20 minutes.  The initial response has been good with 73 passengers arriving in Puducherry and 77 flying from Puducherry to Hyderabad today.  For the next six days, 60 to 70 percent of the seats have been booked on this route, said  Sumant Rautelaa, Head of Airport and Ground services, Spice Jet.  The flight is being operated on Vijayawada-Hyderabad-Puducherry and Puducherry-Hyderabad-Vijayawada routes, he said. The flight fare is around Rs 2500 for the first 50 percent of the total seats. The craft is getting refueled in the Airport, a facility that has been provided through a bowser of Indian Oil Corporation .  With this new flight, Puducherry will be connected with Delhi, Mumbai, Ahemdabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh with onward connections, said a release from Spice Jet.

Chief minister said that the commencement of the flight operations will boost the development of Puducherry. Not only it will be convenient for the Tourists, but also the trade and industry.

The government has initiated the process for more flight operations connecting Puducherry with Bengaluru, Tirupathi, Coimbatore, Salem, Trichy and Chennai, said the Chief minister.

He said that due to good law and order situation, there has been a surge in tourist inflow to Puducherry particularly from Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh . Moreover 20 percent of the tourists visiting Puducherry and international tourists, he said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp