Deccan Mangalore - Gulf flight to be launched

5 February, 2008:

Simplifly Deccan is mulling over a direct flight service between Mangalore and the Gulf.

A report quoting Deccan Airways Executive Chairman Capt G R Gopinath said that the company plans to begin this service from August 2008 onwards.

Captain Gopinath has also said that Deccan Airways, in association with Manipal University, has been working on a plan to establish an airport at Manipal. A detail survey for the purpose will soon be undertaken.

On the Kingfisher Airlines and Deccan Airways merger, he said that the two entities have merge to become India's giant airline operator. According to him, the merger has been cleared and the valuators are working on the equity holding by the two companies and assets of the new entity. He however clarified that it will take two to three months to complete the process of merger and added every two and half share of Kingfisher will be equal to one share of Deccan airlines.

Adding that Deccan would continue functioning separately under a single entity, he said that the Deccan Helicopter wing will keep its separate identity even after the Kingfisher-Deccan merger.

Deccan, which began operations with one flight and two helicopters, today owns 45 helicopters and 375 flights covering 66 cities across the country. The airline was also the first to introduce the concept of low-cost flying in India, which enabled the Indian middle class to experience air travel.





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