In Short: Air Odisha has decided to sell online tickets from November-end and start intra-state operations from the first of week of December.
Local carrier Air Odisha, which was struggling to run intra-state operations, has decided to sell tickets online from November end. The carrier’s decision came after the state government provided with it the much-needed hangar recently. The flier had parked its nine-seater flight at Biju Patnaik International Airport earlier.
The government had given us November 30 as a deadline to start operations. We have readied the aircraft and made some changes in its looks by painting and putting up new stickers. If we get good response in online booking, we will start operations from the first week of December.
Air Odisha founder captain Santosh Pani
The aircraft will go to five destinations every day from Bhubaneswar and the carrier will engage 25 employees, including an engineer, at each destination.
Air Odisha Flight Schedules
According to the carrier’s flying plans, it will go to Jharsuguda en route Sambalpur in the morning. It will leave Jharsuguda for Bhubaneswar after half an hour halt. It will take off for Rourkela en route Angul in the afternoon. It will then fly to Jeypore and return to Bhubaneswar.
The official said they have decided to charge reasonable fares ranging from Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000, depending on the destination and round trip, since it is a small aircraft and will fly within the state.
The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has approved the engagement of six pilots, the details of whom we had provided earlier.
The carrier will have a trial run before operations begin on December 2. DGCA officials will come to Bhubaneswar for the on-board trial. Before Air Odisha was picked up for the operation, three players had participated in the tender.
While one was disqualified, there was a contest between Deccan Charters and Air Odisha. Air Odisha had been demanding subsidy of four seats (in case they went vacant) to start flying within the state. After thorough evaluation, the government, however, evolved a new method to provide subsidy. Instead of seats, the government will give subsidy on nautical miles covered by the flight in a month.