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Commence Jamshedpur-Kolkata flight by Feb 15, Air Deccan told

Press Trust of India  |  Jamshedpur 

today gave an ultimatum to to start operations under the 'Udaan' scheme on Jamshedpur-route by February 15, saying a new bidder would be selected if the low-cost fails to meet the deadline.

was to commence operations on Jamshedpur- route by September 30 last year.

The Union of state for civil said the carrier did not have the 19-seater aircraft required for the flight service and had to import the aircraft, recruit pilots and other crew members, which caused the delay.

"We have given them the last chance to start the service from February 15. And we will allot it to some other company if they fail to meet the deadline," he told reporters.

India's first Air Deccan, which had ceased operations after it was acquired by the erstwhile Airlines in 2008, took wings again as a commuter on December 23 with its maiden flight taking off from for Jalgaon.

Sinha said the is an important industrial and business centre, and flight service is required to improve air connectivity.

He was here to participate in the 'City Data for Conclave 2018' organised jointly by Tata Steel, and (CII).

Referring to the 'Udaan' scheme, he said applications for Bokaro/Dhanbad-and Ranchi-Dumka have been received during the second round of bidding.

Operations on these routes are likely to be launched in five to six months, Sinha said, adding that more cities such as Daltongunj and would be linked to flight services.

Besides, the government has plans to expand the helipad in to promote spiritual tourism and link religious places with air services, he said.

Sinha, who was in the city to also inspect the proposed site for a new airport at Dalbhumgarh in Ghatsila sub-division of district and feasibility for expansion of Tata Steel's Sonari Aerodrum, said the construction of the airport would begin by the end of next year.

The land acquisition process for the greenfield airport has already begun and "we will establish a runway and a terminal at an investment of Rs 200-250 crore in the first phase," he said.

About 150 acres of land has been identified for the project, Sinha said.

The said a new airport would also be constructed at Nagwa in district, where 200 acres of land has been identified.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 19:40 IST
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