Zoom Air – India’s Newest Airline – To Begin Operations Soon: 5 Things To Know
Zoom Air received a scheduled operator permit from aviation regulator DGCA earlier this month.
Zoom Air, India’s newest full-service airline, is set to commence commercial operations from tomorrow, with a flight to Durgapur via Kolkata from New Delhi. Gurgaon-headquartered Zoom Air, which is promoted by Zexus Air Services, will become the 12th operational carrier in the domestic aviation market. Zoom Air’s launch comes at a time when Indian aviation market is growing at a very strong pace. Passengers carried by domestic airlines in 2016 were close to 10 crore, a growth of over 23 per cent against 8.10 crore in 2015.
Here are a few things to know about Zoom Air:
1) Analysts say the entry of Zoom Air will intensify competition in the domestic aviation market, as it will compete with other domestic airlines Air India, Jet Airways, Vistara, IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir and AirAsia India. A search on Zoom Air’s portal showed a one-way flight from Delhi to Kolkata in mid-March is priced at Rs. 2,850 (inclusive of base fare and fuel charge of Rs. 1,972).
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2) The carrier would also operate flights to Amritsar, Surat and Bhavnagar from Delhi in the first phase of its operations with a fleet of three dry-leased CRJ 200LR planes. It plans to soon expand route network to destinations such as Tirupati, Vijaywada, Mumbai, Shillong, Aizawl, Pasighat and Ziro (in Arunachal Pradesh), Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Indore and Bhopal, with likely daily operations.
3) Zoom Air received a scheduled operator permit – which allows it to operate pan-India – from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the country’s aviation regulator, earlier this month.
4) Zoom Air’s inaugural flight, using a CRJ 200 LR aircraft, landed at the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, Durgapur, at 1:39 pm on Sunday, February 12, where it was accorded the traditional water canon salute.
5) The airline is eyeing a year-on-year growth of up to 20 per cent, with plans to raise Rs. 20-25 crore in 3-6 months. Around Rs. 20 crore has been already invested in the carrier. “We envisage an 18-20 per cent year on growth on such underserved and un-served airports and we have seen such massive air traffic growth in stations like Vijayawada, Tirupati, Ranchi and Chandigarh. It’s all about connectivity and regular reliable services,” Zoom Air director and chief executive officer Koustav Mohan Dhar said.
Source : NDTV
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