Tiruchirapalli, June 1: Paramount Airways will introduce twice-a-day service on the Tiruchirapalli-Chennai-Tiruchirapalli sector from the second week of July, Managing Director(MD) of Paramount Airways, M Thiagarajan said.
Talking to newspersons here last night, he said Paramount will set up their office at the airport, here and will operate the 70-seater Jet Embraer aircraft initially.
Mr Thiagarajan said, Tiruchirapalli and its surrounding areas has a big business potential with the presence of Public Sector Undertakings(PSU) and fabrication units in its vicinity. The decision of the State Government to set up an IT Park on the outskirts of the city has further enhanced the Industrial importance of Tiruchirapalli, he added.
''We have planned to tap the business potential, taking advantage of the present favourable condition. We will introduce flights to Chennai from Tiruchirapalli, both in the morning and evening hours.
The airline has got clearance from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for the same.'' he said.
The MD said the airline is possessing five aircrafts and operates 42 flights daily in eight sectors, hoping to get a good patronage not only from the people of Tiruchirapalli district, but also from the Industrialists of the textile town of Karur. Karur air travellers usually preferred taking flights from Coimbatore to reach various destinations. Tiruchirapalli being just 75 km away from Karur, the daily service might be alluring, he added.
He said two more aircrafts would be added to the fleet strength in July this year and efforts were on to increase 40 fleets by 2010.
Though Paramount possesses license for national level operations, steps were initiated to consolidate the position only in South, he added.
He said at present the airways market share in the south is 26 per cent and occupancy was on an average 80 per cent.
Mr Thiagarajan said Paramount is planning to operate services to West Zone by the end of next year or early 2010. Apart from this, efforts were on to operate flight services between Tiruchirapalli and Trivandrum and Cochin, he added.
The MD said, Paramount would enter the international operations by 2011.
He said besides, passenger traffic, the management was also focusing on cargo traffic from the central districts. Every day, 50,000 kg of cargo was loaded and the airline would leave no stone unturned to tap the market, he added.