Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ventura Airconnect may discontinue Jabalpur flights

NAGPUR: Nagpur-Jabalpur flights started by Ventura Airconnect is likely to be discontinued. The airline is now planning daily flights to Indore and Raipur from the city.

The carrier had started its Jabalpur operations in December with a nine-seat Cessna Grand Caravan, the fully glassed cockpit plane, especially meant to target corporate travellers. From Jabalpur, it connected to cities like Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Khajuraho.

Sources informed that earlier the airline operated the Jabalpur service thrice a week and then increased it to six days. After four months, the company has realized that its Jabalpur operations are making losses.

On an average, there are hardly 2 or 3 passengers on board the Jabalpur flight while at times, the number is 4. A senior official said, "After a market research and meetings with travel agents recently, we have put up a proposal before the management to discontinue Jabalpur operations and start Indore or Raipur services instead," he added.

The official added that as of now, there are no plans to wind up Nagpur operations. "We plan to promote the airlines in a big way as it offers a comfortable flight to corporates, leisure travellers and air taxi service to people flying in groups," he said.

The Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC) and Ventura have a tie-up for intrastate air service to boost tourism in MP. Along with Indore and Raipur operations, Ventura is also planning to connect Nagpur with destinations like Latur, Baramati, Nanded, Pune and Aurangabad soon. "A proposal in this regard has already been sent to the Maharashtra government," the official added.


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