The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) granted a regional air operator’s permit (AOP) to Turbo Megha to operate a regional airline Trujet on Tuesday making it the fourth airline to take to Indian skies since the new government assumed office in May last year.
Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapati Raju Pusapati said, “TruJet will start scheduled regional services a little later. However, we have given them permission to commence shuttle services immediately keeping in mind requirements for air connectivity during Godavari Pushkarams. Promoting connectivity is a focus area for us.”
In March, DGCA had issued an AOP to Bengaluru-based Air Pegasus. Prior to this, Tata Sons’ low-cost venture with AirAsia Berhad AirAsia India started services in June 2014, while Vistara launched operations on January 9, 2015.
“Keeping in mind the forthcoming Godavari Pushkarams and the desire of pilgrims from various locations to take a holy dip in the Godavari, TruJet will commence operations by linking Rajahmundry to Hyderabad and Chennai,” Raju added. The airline will be based out of Hyderabad and eventually connect stations like Tirupati, Rajahmundry and Aurangabad.
V Umesh, MD, TruJet, said, “We believe there are a lot of underserved or unserved markets in India. We believe TruJet can fill this gap with its state-of-the-art aircraft and efficient service.”
As many as 20 companies have applied to the ministry of civil aviation for no-objection certificate (NOC) since 2009. Of these, 16 companies managed to secure NOCs. However, only four airlines — Air Costa, AirAsia India, Vistara, Air Pegasus — have managed to start operations.