IndiGo representatives met with Home Minister A. Namassivayam and Public Works Minister K. Lakshminarayanan in New Delhi on Friday to discuss launching air services from here.
Mr Lakshminarayanan, who also holds the tourism portfolio, said the private carrier is keen to launch services from Pondicherry Airport.
“In fact, they told us that the company was in the process of recruiting ground staff to start operations before the outbreak of the new coronavirus. They stopped the recruitment process due to the pandemic. Now they will restart preparations to launch air services,” the minister said. The Hindu.
The government had asked the operator to consider starting services to Tirupati, Kannur (in Kerala) and other destinations in the country, he said.
Regarding the resumption of SpiceJet flights to Hyderabad and Bengaluru, the Minister said that the government has agreed to continue the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) under the Central Regional Connectivity Scheme – UDAN.
VGF, monetary aid given to the air operator to enable it to successfully operate flights on routes, would be provided for Hyderabad and Bengaluru sectors, the minister said. For the Hyderabad sector, the financial guarantee would be 15 seats and for Bangalore 10 seats. Previously, for both sectors, assistance was guaranteed for 35 seats, he said. “Airline management is developing plans to resume services very soon,” he said.