Durgapur News Desk, 13 February 2017: On Sunday, Zoom Air has become the 12th operational domestic carrier when it flew its inaugural flight from the national capital to the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, Durgapur. The airline would start daily commercial services from February 15 on Delhi-Kolkata-Durgapur-Delhi route, which will be extended to Amritsar in the afternoon.
The CRJ 200 LR plane landed at the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, Durgapur, at 1339 hours, where it was accorded the traditional water canon salute.
A search on Zoom Air’s portal showed a one-way flight from Delhi to Kolkata a month after commencement of operations is priced at INR 2,850 (inclusive of base fare and fuel charge of INR 1,972).
Promoted by Zexus Air Services, Zoom Air plans to connect Mumbai and Hyderabad to the industrial belt of Durgapur-Asansol, later in April. The carrier is even contemplating a maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) base for regional jets at Durgapur’s Andal by year-end.
Zoom Air has taken three CRJ-200LR jets on dry lease from CRJ Aircraft Leasing, Dublin and two similar regional jets have been taken on lease from Skyone FZE aircraft leasing of the UAE; which will join the Zoom Air fleet by April.
Zoom Air plans to expand its route network to destinations such as Tirupati, Vijaywada, Mumbai, Shillong, Aizawl, Pasighat and Zero (in Arunachal Pradesh), Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Indore and Bhopal, with a likely daily operations.
“As more aircraft is inducted into the fleet, we will gradually add flights to Andal and eventually have four-five flights a day. We see potential business as the entire belt up to Dhanbad has a number of public sector giants as well as private firms whose executives currently travel via Kolkata,” said Zoom Air Director and Chief Executive Officer Koustav Mohan Dhar.
While many feels that more than six months after Air India abruptly shut its flight operations from the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport in Durgapur’s Andal due to dearth of passengers, Zoom Air’s entry with relatively small aircrafts may bring cheer for the people of Durgapur, others are skeptical of its success because of the closure of one after another industry in the Asansol-Durgapur industrial belt.