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Trujet plans to add 7 ATRs, 20 new destinations by March 2019

V. Rishi Kumar Hyderabad | Updated on July 12, 2018 Published on July 12, 2018

No frills air carrier Trujet has embarked on a major expansion drive, which will see it add 7 aircraft to its existing fleet of 5 and 20 new destinations by March 2019.

The Hyderabad-based Schedule commercial airliner, which commenced operations three years ago, now connects to 14 destinations and has firmed up plans to add 20 new destinations as a part of the Udan regional connectivity scheme.

Vishok Mansingh, Chief Executive Officer of Trujet, said “Over the last three years we have established operations and are now looking to expand to new destinations as a part of the Government's efforts to provide regional connectivity to tier II and tier III cities.”

“We expect to add these cities in the Western and Eastern region of the country under the scheme which is designed to provide air connectivity to locations where there are no flights,” he said.

KV Pradeep, Director on Board Megha Engineering & Infrastructure Limited, which is the co-promoter of the airliner, said, “Offering air connectivity at low prices brings on board new set of passengers and expands the market. We are looking to serve such passengers.”

Kandla, Porbandar, Keshod, Jaisalmer, Jalgaon & Nashik from Ahmedabad and Burnpur, Cooch Behar, Tezu and Rupsi from Guwahati are among new routes which Trujet expects to operate as it adds these 7 aircraft.

“We are planning to take them on wet lease as this comes with not only aircraft, pilots but also services. This enables us to quickly ramp up operations,” KG Vishwanath, Chief financial Officer, Trujet said.

Mansingh said, “Trujet is the first airline to successfully fly all air routes as part of its first bid under Udan and the Ministry of Civil Aviation has issued a Citation to Trujet. The connectivity to new locations ushers in second phase of Udan where we will connect Bharat to India.”

The airliner over the past three years has flown more than 1.2 million passengers and is looking at the next phase of growth with optimism, he said.

“On its Third anniversary, Trujet is offering fares starting at Rs 603 all-inclusive to make air travel affordable for common man, Mansingh said.

Mansingh said, “All five aircraft it operates are ATR-72 and the addition of 7 new ones will also be ATRs as they are suitable for regional connectivity.”

Published on July 12, 2018
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