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Air-taxis’ could be a reality soon in Bihar

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Bihar government is in a fix to approve a proposal for Air-taxis within the state submitted to it an year ago. Bihar’s private air service provider Spirit Air has submitted a proposal to the Chief minister, M Nitish Kumar about a year ago to allow it to operate air-taxis in the state connecting state headquarters with district headquarters and major towns.

This could be a new dawn in the airline industry as it would open doors to a new dimension of travel for the affordable class, considering the increasing air traffic in domestic routes and the double digit growth if chartered plane users in the last few years.

The firm's proposal to position air-taxi and set up an aircraft maintenance base at Muzaffarpur airfield will invite an investment of Rs 20 crore. This should be a new opportunity for investors eying domestic air transport market. Spirit Air is a non-scheduled airline with its operational base at Bengaluru and Kolkata, which flies air ambulance services apart from chartered planes for individuals and corporate. They already connect interior parts of Bihar like Darbhanga to Mumbai and other parts of the country.

Spirit Airlines has applied for permissions to run the services in the state, in March 2009 and is still awaiting approval from the state government. It might take time before this can take ground as the AAI has to provide parking space at the Patna airport for this additional air service. The government will have to be careful in permitting a private carrier and ensure security aspects.

Source: India Times

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