Though Airports Authority of India(AAI) has readied Neyveli and Vellore airstrips for flight operations, the ministry is yet to decide on giving the go-ahead to airlines to begin flight opearations. Under the Udan scheme, the state has only a Chennai-Salem service. Flights are yet to begin services to Neyveli, Vellore, Hosur and Thanjavur which should have begun by now.
The ministry is delaying the decision because of the upcoming elections while flying to small towns on non-Udan flights introduced by IndiGo and Spicejet to destinations in other states has become expensive with fares higher than the metro routes.
“The airports are almost ready as basic facilities are in place. The airlines need to take a decision to bring in their staff and start services. The airlines which have won the bids are not ready to start operations while low cost carriers who are looking at routes to small towns have also not shown interest.,” said an official of Airports Authority of India (AAI). Read more