Flying to the City of Joy is not so easy anymore.
Thanks to lack of passengers, the air service between Jamshedpur and Calcutta is now available only on three days Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays against the earlier plan of five days.
Bangalore-based DTDS Travel and Tour Planners Private Limited, which operates the service in alliance with Spirit Air Private Limited, cut down the flight frequency from this Wednesday.
Shyamal Chakraborty, manager (sales) of DTDS in Calcutta, said that the flight timings and fares would remain unchanged. The decision was taken by the management owing to low turnout of passengers. We are flying two flights between the cities on each of the three days of the week. The first flight from Calcutta is scheduled to reach Jamshedpur at 11.30 am and fly back at 3.30pm, he said.
The one-way fare per person continues to be Rs 5,940.
Chakraborty, however, said that they might revert to the five-day schedule during the festive season. We are hopeful that during Durga Puja, number of passengers availing the service will increase. In that case, we can also provide the service on Saturdays, he added.
Sources associated with the booking section of the agency at Sonari Aerodrome said that the flow of passengers had started thinning since May. It gradually went down and recently, number of fliers hovered between four and six. The agency was incurring losses in running the nine-seater Cessna aircraft, said an official.
In order to make up for the losses, the agency has now launched chartered hour-long flights between Jamshedpur and neighbouring towns.
We are providing chartered flights from Jamshedpur to Deoghar and Bokaro. Those availing of the service will have to dole out Rs 80,000 per hour. So far, a number of people have availed of the service to fly to Bokaro and Deoghar on special occasions, said Chakraborty.