NASHIK: Nashik-Delhi flight, which has been started by private airline operator Jet Airways has been receiving good response from the very day of its take off on June 15. On Monday, the response of passengers was almost 100%.
As many as 169 passengers including 157 from economy and 12 from business class took the flight from Nashik to Delhi. Interestingly, in the 168-seater aircraft, one additonal ticket of an economy class was booked.
However, curtain closed on the controversy when Manish Rawal, co-ordinator of the sub-committee of NIMA’s air service clarified that the actual sitting capacity of the aircraft was 169-seater and hence there was no issue of seat availability.
The Nashik-Delhi air service by Jet Airways under central government’s flagship programme UDAN-RCS has been getting good response since its take off eight months ago.
Remarkably, the service has been consistent and uninterrupted, and not a single day it has been suspended since its launch.
Citing the response it has been getting not only from regular passengers but also from the farmers and business community, demand is being raised for a daily flight service from Nashik instead of thrice a week which is currently being provided.
The 169-seater Jet Airways flight takes off thrice a week — on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Not only passengers from Nashik are taking advantage of the air service, but farmers and entrepreneurs are making the most of a cargo service to lift their agricultural produce such as vegetables, rose flowers and other agricultural commodities to the National Capital in a span of just 1:45 hours.
Meanwhile, passengers travelling to Ojhar airport from various parts of the state are demanding basic infrastructural facilities and services between Nashik and Ojhar to make their journey stress-free and convenient.
A major boost to air service
At a time when, the Nashik-Delhi air service by Jet Airways is garnering good response, the Nashik-Ahmedabad and Hyderabad air services are no exception to it. On Monday, 58 passengers took the flight for Hyderabad in a 72-seater aircraft and 51 passengers took return flight. The scenario was to a great extent similar in the Nashik-Ahmedabad flight too.
Connecting to 5 more cities
The Jet Airways is to begin its services from Nashik for Ahmedabad effective February 13 from Wednesday to Saturday. Following this, Indigo will also launch air connectivity between Nashik-Bhopal, Bengaluru and at Indian military base Hindon from April 1. At the same time, SpiceJet, a low-cost airline, is expected to begin its Nashik-Goa air service in a shorter time frame.