India’s Star Air starts flights

BENGALURU, India, 10 October:  Star Air, a subsidiary of the Sanjay Ghodawat Group launched last January, will launch commercial air services from Hubballi in North Karnataka to Delhi’s Hindon Airport this November.

The airline first service will fly 6 November from Hubballi airport where the Union Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated an upgraded airport terminal last December.

It is the first airline in India to start commercial operations to Hindon Airport, which is very close to New Delhi.

An active Air Force base, Hindon is home to the Indian Air Force’s base Western Air Command and is the largest military airbase covering 55 square kilometres.

It is now being developed as a potential back-up or alternative to the busy New Delhi airport.

A compact passenger terminal was inaugurated last March by the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Tiny Hindon Airport can only handle 300 passengers at any one time but the government says it is committed to expanding the airport in the future.  This Airport will start its operations under the RCS-UDAN scheme that enables connectivity between tier-2 and tier-3 cities and metro cities.

Sanjay Ghodawat, Chairman – Star Air, said: “Star Air is ready to operate services from the newly-formed Hindon Airport. It will be our first destination in the northern part of India and we will work towards adding more flights from Hindon Airport to various other cities in India. We are adding three more aircraft to our fleet which will enable us to continue our network expansion.”

Presently, Star Air operates in six Indian cities that include Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Tirupati, Belagavi, and Hubballi.

Star Air is a scheduled commercial airline part of the aviation arm of the Sanjay Ghodawat Group. The airline says it will target routes that are suffering delays and passenger traffic congestion.

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