Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju takes charge as Civil Aviation Minister

Economic Times Link
PTI May 29, 2014, 12.02PM IST

NEW DELHI: Senior TDP leader Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju took charge as the new Civil Aviation Minister, assuring that he would strive to create a level- playing field for all players in the crucial infrastructure sector.
"We will strive to create a level-playing field for all the players and make the aviation sector more people- oriented," he told reporters soon after the taking over charge at the ministry headquarters in Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan here.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Rajasthan to operate State planes for air taxi service

Five-seater King Air C90 A and seven-seater King Air B 200 to be deployed for the purpose

The Rajasthan government is all set to introduce an air taxi service linking major tourist destinations and commercial hubs in the State.

“The proposal has been given approval by the Chief Minister and we are almost ready to operate our two State planes for the air taxi services,” Kishan Singh Verma, Director, Civil Aviation, Rajasthan government told PTI.

The government will deploy five-seater King Air C90 A and seven-seater King Air B 200 for the taxi service. The planes are used for the movement of the Governor, Chief Minister and other VIPs visiting the State.

For the five-seater plane, the fair would be Rs.50,000 per hour while Rs.70,000 per hour would be charged for flying in the seven-seater aircraft. Besides, charges for night hold, extension of ATC watch hour, (ground) handling will also be applicable.

Minimum of two hours are required for the booking.

The service will help tourist cut short their travel time by flying to various destinations including Jaisalmer, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Ranthambore, Chittorgarh, Bikaner and Udaipur.

“The idea is to boost tourism prospects as well as making a unique facility available in the State.
The service would also generate revenue for the government. We are hopeful that it will receive a good response,” he said. - PTI