Hubballi: Here is a good news for those who want to fly from Bengaluru to Hubballi-Dharwad and other districts of North Karnataka as the private air carrier Air Carnival is set to operate from December first week.
The Coimbatore-based regional airline will start operations from December first week and has received green signal from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) but is waiting for a morning slot to begin flight operations.
Earlier the Air Pegasus, which used to operate between the Capital and Twin cities, had stopped its operations two months back owing to more technical snags among other problems.
Cashing on the situation the Air India increased its operations for four days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. While Air India operates flights in the evening, the new flight Air Carnival plans to take the morning slots.
Speaking to NewsKarnataka, Hubballi Airport director Shivanand Benal has said the new air service would begin by first week of December. The airline is expected to operate an ATR-72 flight which carries 66 passengers.
After Air Pegasus stopped its operations between Bengaluru and Hubballi there was a need for another carrier to operate between these destinations. Though Air India is operating flights but it is restricted to four days in a week. The effort of regional leaders to make it on daily service has not yielded results till now.
Though there was a growing demand for flight operations between Mumbai-Hubballi but no carrier was coming forward.
The Air India which had made up its mind to operate flights between Mumbai and Hubballi has dropped the idea now for want of slots at Mumbai airport, it is said.