Local carrier Air Odisha has decided to sell tickets online from November end for its intra-state flight operations.
“The government had given us November 30 as a deadline to start operations. We have readied the aircraft and made some changes in its looks by painting and putting up new stickers. If we get good response in online booking, we will start operations from the first week of December,” said Air Odisha founder captain Santosh Pani.
The aircraft will go to five destinations every day from Bhubaneswar and the carrier will engage 25 employees, including an engineer, at each destination.
According to Air Odisha’s flying plans, it will go to Jharsuguda en route Sambalpur in the morning. It will leave Jharsuguda for Bhubaneswar after half an hour halt. It will take off for Rourkela en route Angul in the afternoon. It will then fly to Jeypore and return to Bhubaneswar.
“Since it is a small aircraft and will fly within the state, we have decided to charge reasonable fares ranging from Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 (depending on the destination and round trip). The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has approved the engagement of six pilots, the details of whom we had provided earlier,” said Pani.
Air Odisha will have a trial run before operations begin on December 2.