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Air Odisha may launch flights under UDAN scheme from November

Mumbai, Oct 23: The Bhubaneswar-based Air Odisha is likely to launch services under the Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme from next month-end even as it has agreed to reduce the proposed services to four as against six scheduled from New Delhi earlier.

The air operator is expected to introduce its flight services from Ahmedabad to Bhavanagar, Jamnagar, Diu and Mundra in the first phase, a person close to the development said. Air Odisha, which currently has a non-scheduled operator permit, had bagged 50 routes to operate under the central-government's subsidised UDAN scheme in March this year.

In the second phase, Air Odisha plans to roll out services from Delhi and then from Chenani in the subsequent month, the person said. As per the schedule, the air operator will commence services from New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar and Chenani to various underserved and unserved airports across Odisha, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry.

Air Odisha is one of the five air operators, who won bids for flying on 128 routes connecting 70 airports under UDAN scheme, which seeks to provide air connectivity to the unserved airports as well as enhance flight operations to under served airports.

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