Hyderabad, Goa, Ahmedabad air connectivity from Nashik soon a reality

Sandeep Chavan

NASHIK: With the successful launch of air services to New Delhi by Jet Airways; to Mumbai by Air Deccan and the proposed Nashik-Pune air connectivity on whom a final decision is expected within 2 weeks, new airliners too seem eager to explore the skies of Nashik citing Nashik’s potential — be it in terms of religious diversity, its rich heritage and tradition, emerging winery business, industrial growth and connectivity to metro cities like Mumbai and Pune.

Under the central government’s ambitious UDAN scheme, private airline operators Alliance Air – Air India, Spicejet, Indigo and Cruz Jet have shown keen interest to provide air connectivity to cities like Hyderabad, Goa, Ahmedabad and Bangalore from Nashik.

Spicejet is likely to launch its services from Nashik to destinations of Hyderabad and Goa. Another private airline Indigo to connect Nashik with garden city Bangalore, while Alliance Air which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India to take off from Nashik to land at Ahmedabad.

“Under the UDAN scheme, private airliners Spicejet, Indigo and Air Alliance are likely to announce their decision on launching air connectivity from Nashik to cities of Hyderabad & Goa; Bangalore, and Ahmedabad respectively within a fortnight,” informed MP Hemant Godse on Saturday.

“These airlines have already received an approval from aviation ministry which operates UDAN scheme. The said airlines have assured the government that they would launch their services from Nashik by the end of July 2018,” MP Godse further clarified.

Following metro cities of New Delhi, Mumbai and Pune, mega cities including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Goa, Bhopal and Hindan in Ghaziabad have been on the radar of private airline operators who have shown keen interest to operate their services from Nashik airbase visualizing its potential.