Star Air, an aviation sector start up, launched its operations to Tirupati from Hubbali from today (25 January), Deccan Herald has reported.
The launch event of the airline was attended by Karantaka’s Revenue Minister RV Deshpande and former chief minister Jagdish Shettar along with Sanjay Ghodawat, chairman of the Sanjay Ghodawat group which is backing the aviation start up.
The company had received the air operator certificate from the Ministry of Civil Aviation earlier this month. It is the first scheduled commuter operator based out of Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport.
The aviation start up will operate fleet of 50-seater Embraer ERJ145 jet. Embraer is the fastest jet in its category and can fly at a 0.8 Mach speed.
Star Air has set the starting price of its tickets from Rs 1,299. The company has already started booking for the flights on the Bengaluru-Hubballi and Hubballi-Tirupati routes. Prior to the addition of commercial flight operations in its portfolio, the company had already commenced air services through its helicopter services.
The airline will be commencing its daily operations under the Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) scheme of the government which covers small airports in remote parts of the country. The scheme offers exclusive traffic rights and subsidies to airlines which connect secondary and tertiary airports with major hubs in the country.
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