Rajasthan’s first intra-state airline service is well on track with the government calling Tuesday’s launch failure the result of a small technical snag. The first flight under the service was to take off from Jaipur for Bikaner on Tuesday. However, officials were stumped as Supreme Airlines, the carrier, failed to show up at the launch.
Amid rumours of the company having backed out, the government put the launch off.
“No they have not backed out. We sought their reply about the launch event,” Kesri Singh, director of Civil Aviation, Rajasthan government, told The Indian Express.
“They said it was a minor technical snag first noticed during the flight’s trial run to Jodhpur. The flights will ply regularly as planned. This is just a hiccup and has been resolved,” Singh said.
Rajasthan is one of the first few states to have a regional air connectivity service.
In the first phase of Regional Air Flight Connectivity Scheme, flights from Jaipur to Jodhpur and Udaipur are being started. It will take 75 minutes for the nine-seater Cessna Caravan 208B aircraft to reach Jodhpur from Jaipur.
This aircraft will then return to Jaipur by afternoon and fly to Udaipur in the evening in 90 minutes. The flight will then return to Jaipur from Udaipur the same day. For both these flights, the minimum airfare has been fixed at Rs 3,499 per ticket.
In the second phase, flights will operate from other cities, including Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Kota, at cheaper rates. Officials said in order to improve business and tourism, the state government aims to provide all-time air connectivity to tourists and entrepreneurs, so that they can fly to the state capital conveniently.
As per an agreement signed on September 8 between Rajasthan Civil Aviation Department and Supreme Transport Organisation Private Limited, Supreme Airlines will operate a nine-seater Cessna aircraft multiple times a day, six days a week, where a total of 15 cities are to be connected.