The Telegraph
Saturday , March 1 , 2014
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Steel city gets back wings
- Flyway Airsky services to Delhi, Calcutta from March 3

This Founder’s Day, Jamshedpur will be able to soar high once again.

The steel city, which had its wings clipped after all private airlines pulled out owing to reasons ranging from low profits to technical hiccups, will taxi back to aerial action with the launch of flights to Delhi, Calcutta and Ranchi. On Friday, Flyway Airsky Private Limited (earlier Sky Air) — a non-scheduled airline based in the city — formally announced the start of the service from March 3, gifting Jamshedpur wings to Delhi after four years and to Calcutta after over two months.

The airline will press an 11-seater Cessna Grand Caravan 208 B to ferry passengers from Sonari Airport (see chart). The Jamshedpur-Calcutta flight will be direct, while the Delhi one will stop in Ranchi, where passengers will be transferred to a Go Air plane that will take them to the national capital.

This apart, Flyway Airsky will also start air ambulance service from Sonari Airport from Monday.

“Both the flights will be available six days a week barring Sundays. For the Jamshedpur-Delhi route, we have decided to press the Cessna Grand Caravan 208 B till Ranchi. Thereafter, the passengers will have to shift to a flight of Go Air with which we have an arrangement,” general manager (sales and customer relation) of Flyway Airsky Sachin Prasad told The Telegraph.

He promised a hassle-free experience to the fliers.

“We will look after baggage handling, security clearances for free. Our staff in Ranchi will help fliers at the VIP lounge, offer them complimentary refreshments and help them board the Go Air flight for Delhi,” he added.

The pocket pinch will be Rs 13,000 onwards depending on the fare for the Ranchi-Delhi leg of the journey.

The Jamshedpur-Calcutta flight will be cheaper at Rs 6,999.

The last time Jamshedpureans took a flight to Delhi was on May 21, 2009, after which Gurgaon-based MDLR Airlines, which had started the service on April 15, 2009, withdrew.

As for the air link between Jamshedpur and Calcutta, Bangalore-based DTDS Travel and Tour Planner Limited and Spirit Air Private Limited used to offer the service till last December. The flight was grounded, initially due to fog and thereafter because of termination of lease agreement between the flight owner and DTDS.

On the air ambulance, Sanjib De, country head of Flyway Airsky, said: “The patient’s relatives and the hospital concerned will have to make arrangements for a qualified doctor and paramedics. The cost will come to Rs 75,000 per hour.”

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