Durgapur News Desk, 02 February, 2017: More than six months after Air India abruptly shut its flight operations from the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport in Durgapur’s Andal sighting “operational a reason, Zoom Air, a private airliner, has announced to operate a daily flight from Friday, February 3.
Zoom Air, a Delhi-based airline, will be operating in the same routes seven (7) days a week from 3 February 2017. Interestingly, Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport (Andal) will also act as the regional hub of the company. If everything augurs well, civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju will inaugurate the flight from Kolkata or from Andal in Durgapur, this Friday.
Air India had stopped its flight operation from the airport in 17 June 2016 as barely seven or eight passengers would avail of the service from Kolkata to Andal. More than half the seats in the 122-seat Airbus A319 would usually remain empty. Notably, the Andal airport had started commercial operations from May 2015.
Officials of Zoom Air said that Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Limited (BAPL), the airport’s private sector operator, is hopeful of getting enough passengers to avail of the service in order to make their venture in this sector viable.
The 50-seater aircraft will travel from Kolkata to Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, popularly known as Andal airport, for its journey to Delhi. On the return route, it will travel from Delhi to Kolkata to reach Andal.
BAPL officials claim that two major private aviation player, GoAir and IndiGo have also proposed to operate flights from KNIA, but the proposals are yet to take final shape. Bhutan and Bangladesh Airlines are also interested as reported earlier. Air India has withdrawn its services but talks are going on to resolve the issues. There are plans to introduce a daily flight to Mumbai, Hyderabad and other part of the Country soon.
It is keeping the introductory fare rather low. From Kolkata to Durgapur, the fare will be 1,000 INR and from Durgapur to Delhi, the fare will be 3,000 INR.