Airline connecting major towns of Gujarat is to begin operations on February 17. Bhubaneswar-based Air Odisha has received regulatory approvals to begin scheduled passenger commuter services under the regional connectivity scheme.
Maiden flight will be inaugurated by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Air Odisha will operate an 18-seat aircraft that will connect Ahmedabad with Mundra, Jamnagar, Diu, Dwarka, Bhavnagar and Surat.
The airline will operate under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN of the central government aimed at popularising air travel.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued Air Odisha the scheduled commuter operator permit, which allows the airline to launch its services on regional routes, an Air Odisha official said, adding till now it had only a non-scheduled operator permit.
“The Ahmedabad-Diu service is scheduled for February 25 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to flag off the flight,” according to officials.
As per the schedule, it will begin services from New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar and Chennai to various underserved and unserved airports in Odisha, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Andhra and Puducherry.