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Air Deccan starts flying to Chandigarh



May 8, 2005: Air Deccan is to finally get airborne to Chandigarh-Delhi sector from May 9, 2005, a route to which the airline was planning operations for quite sometime, but kept on dithering citing "unavoidable circumstances".

"We could not take off to the Chandigarh sector due to unavoidable reasons, even though we had planned for it in advance. Now we are finally getting airborne," Deccan Aviation, (holding company of Air Deccan) Managing Director G R Gopinath said.

Air Deccan's tryst with Chandigarh skyline was postponed several times in the past due to a variety of reasons, including airport acquisition management, availability of right timing slots and shortage of pilots.

Air Deccan, which will fly daily flights between Chandigarh and Delhi, has also announced flight timings and fares. The Delhi-Chandigarh flight will take off from Delhi at 5.55 am while the return flight to the capital will depart at 7.15 am.

The fares will range from Rs 500 plus taxes, while the airline is offering an inaugural price of Rs 1,499, which would be applicable till May 23, 2005. Air Deccan would deploy a 48-seater ATR 42-500 aircraft in this sector.

The flight timings have been designed in a manner that puts Air Deccan in the earliest slot of the day. The other two airlines operating between the two cities are Indian Airlines and Jet Airways. Air Deccan's flights will operate in the morning, giving it an early start.

On the future plans of the company, Gopinath said the carrier will look at connecting Ludhiana to New Delhi. Air Deccan is also exploring the possibility of extending the Chandigarh flight to Kullu and Jammu. However, plans for these sectors are yet to be firmed up.

Presently, Air Deccan connects Delhi to Kanpur, Amritsar, Jaipur, Jammu, Dehradun, Lucknow and Bhopal on the short-haul routes in the north.



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