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City gets air link to Ranchi

A three-hour road journey between the state capital and a steel city will soon be cut short to just 18 minutes.

Non-scheduled airline Sky Air, with its operational base in Jamshedpur, is likely to start air taxis to Ranchi sometime next week.

Besides the capital, Sky Air will also connect Jamshedpur with Calcutta and offer one-time ticket to passengers flying from the steel hub to Delhi via Ranchi.

The nine-seater aircraft will take off from Sonari airport at noon six days a week, except Sundays, and land at Birsa Munda Airport at 12.18pm. On the return journey, the flight is scheduled to depart at 2.45pm from the capital.

Calcutta-bound passengers will take a flight from Jamshedpur at 8am. The total flying time will be 45 minutes.

Sky Air officials said they would offer the “cheapest services”. The air fare from Jamshedpur to Ranchi has been priced at Rs 3,999 per person, while that for Calcutta has been fixed at Rs 6,999.

“We have rationally priced our tickets to ensure sustainability in the long run,” said Sky Air managing director Shahid Khan.

He added that those travelling from Jamshedpur to Delhi via Ranchi would have to buy a one-time ticket, priced between Rs12,000 and Rs16,000.