Madurai, Oct 24 (UNI) Popular and the country's first low cost airliner Air Deccan will launch the first ever direct flight service between the temple city, Madurai and the IT city, Bangalore, from October 30.
Talking to newspersons here today, R Krishnaswamy, Company Corporate Planning Chief said Air Deccan would deploy a 72-seater ATR-72 aircraft on the route.
He said Madurai, housing the famed Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple, besides being a pilgrim centre attracting lakhs of tourists round the year, was a fast emerging hub for textile and horticulture industry. The direct flight operations would offer a fillip to develop the tourism and business potential in this region, he added.
With this launch, Air Deccan, already providing connectivity between Madurai and Chennai, was fulfilling the commitment to providing connectivity to important cities of the past, which were emerging as future destination as well, it was pointed out.
Stating that Air Deccan promotional fares on the Bangalore- Madurai-Bangalore sector started at Rs 274/-(plus taxes), he said tickets for Rs six (plus taxes) were also available till offer lasts.
To a question, Mr Krishnaswamy said the airliner was in the process of identifying land near Bangalore for establishing an Aviation Training School.
On passenger carriage, he said the number had doubled in the last six months of this financial year, with the Madurai-Chennai sector alone running with 90 per cent of occupancy.
Regarding expansion of service, he said Air Deccan was planning to extend connectivity to Khandla and five other towns in the near future.
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