Bangalore. Bangalore-based Décor Aviation Private Ltd launched services to Thiruvananthapuram and Hubli from Bangalore April 12 following the receipt of flying permit from Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The commercial operations under the brand name Air Pegasus was flagged off by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. The airline begins with two ATRs with 66 seats each, in its fleet and one more scheduled to come in soon. Air Pegasus becomes the ninth carrier in the country and the third new airline to take to Indian skies in the past one year after Air Asia and Vistara.
“We have received an Air Operators Permit from the DGCA, and planned to launch operations by April 12, 2015. We already have two ATR-72 aircraft in our fleet that is sufficient to operate the three sectors we plan to start flights with,” stated Shyson Thomas, Managing Director of Air Pegasus. “The connectivity provided by these routes will help many regional businesses expand their reach in the region and beyond. We aim to be the truly regional airline brand with more connectivity in existing regions which are underserved and to connect non-connected sectors,” he further added.
Based out of the Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore, Air Pegasus initially offers flights to Thiruvananthapuram and Hubli and subsequently these services will be scaled up gradually to connect Kochi, Chennai, Tuticorin, Belgaum and Rajahmundry, Puducherry, Madurai. Promoted by ground-handling services provider Decor Aviation, it will see an initial investment of `100 crore through a mix of internal resources and debt. Decor Aviation, which is part of the Decor Group of Companies, provides ground handling services to Indian and foreign carriers across 11 airports in India.
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