Come April and Jaipurites may have more options to fly to South India. A new airline, Air Asia India Limited, has been planning to host its operations from Jaipur in the summer schedule and could start three domestic flights.
Air Asia would begin its operations from many cities, including Jaipur, and has applied to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for operation permit to begin operating flights to South Indian destinations, mostly. The DGCA has invited suggestions and objections from the general public before granting the air operator’s permit to the airline. If granted a permit, the airline is likely to start its operations in Jaipur from March end or April first week.
“The airline plans to start three direct flights to Chennai, Bangalore and one other South Indian destination from Jaipur, which could be Hyderabad or Coimbatore,” informed highly placed sources at Jaipur International Airport, adding, “The airline representatives had visited Jaipur airport last year and expressed their desire for a ticketing counter and back office for operational purpose at Terminal-II.”
The airline has made Chennai its base station and is starting flights to most South Indian destinations. “Air Asia has selected 11 cities across the country for its operations and Jaipur is the only city in North India. Every airline cannot carry out its flight operations from the National Capital. So, Air Asia has selected tier-II cities, including Bangalore, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Coimbatore, Cochin, Hyderabad, Goa, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Pune.”
Amar Khandelwal, a frequent flyer to Chennai, said, “It will be very good for flyers from Jaipur as they will find options and will be able choose a flight according to their convenience. It will also promote competition among airlines to increase their passenger load and will result in reduction of air ticket prices.”
Currently, there is only one direct flight to Chennai and two each for Hyderabad and Bangalore operating from Jaipur.