IA, Air Sahara spreading wings to augment regional connectivity

Domestic air travel boom in the country now has the government indulging in promotion of regional air connectivity, Air Sahara and public sector carrier Indian Airlines (IA) are already gearing up to make the most of it. Air Sahara is planning to purchase 25 regional jets while IA has decided to take 6 regional jets on lease to augment is smaller sector connectivity.

Air Sahara president Alok Sharma said the airline is already in talks with Bombardier for their 75-seater aircraft, but will also look at other options from Embraer. “If the government brings down the sales tax on ATF for regional jets to 4%, then flying tier-II cities to the metros will easily become more profitable than operating metro to metro routes,” he said.

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