Thursday, April 21, 2011

Gujarat State Inter City Air Connectivity – Jamnagar Rajkot Porbandar Cities get benefit

From Gujarat Day, there are strong possibilities that two planes will start flying between 11 cities in the state as per developments in this regard.

The two planes will be stationed at Surat and Ahmedabad and will fly to other nine cities.
Air Deccan founder Captain GR Gopinath will visit Gujarat shortly and meet chief minister Narendra Modi to finalize the project. Gopinath runs his new company ‘Deccan 360’ which will run the services in Gujarat.

Under the concept of hub and spoke for the project, Ahmedabad and Surat will work as hubs while the nine other cities — Vadodara City, Rajkot City, Bhavnagar City, Porbandar City, Bhuj, Mundra, Jamnagar City, Gandhidham and Junagadh City — will become the spokes.

Once the project is finalized with the chief minister, ‘Deccan 360’ is expected to begin the services of connecting 11 cities of Gujarat from May 1.

“For this, ‘Deccan 360’ has already bought two small planes. Both are ATR turbo 60-seater planes. One each will be stationed in Ahmedabad and Surat,” said an official.

He added that with this, all the cities where the airstrips have been developed will give air services to people of Gujarat. Talking about the airfare, the official said that it would be economical as the planes are small in size.

“For example, the fare for flying between Ahmedabad and Rajkot will be equal to the expense made by a single passenger travelling in his car. It could be around Rs3,000 but it would save a lot of time,” he said.

According to another source, the principal secretary (tourism and civil aviation) of Gujarat government was recently in Bangalore to visit the Air Show.

“Over there, he negotiated with Gopinath and made the deal. Now, Gopinath is expected to visit Gujarat to meet the CM to begin the services in the state soon,” said the official.

The state government is also expected to release the aviation policy on May 1. “The aviation policy has already been drafted and is at the examination stage. The government is planning to release the aviation policy on Gujarat Day,” said the official.

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