Saturday, September 30, 2006

Now, LCCs to woo religious travellers

Mumbai: India's first low-cost carrier Air Deccan is in talks with several state governments, including Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, to bundle religious places as a package tour.
“ We hope to start a packaged tour to holy places including Shirdi, Puri, Tirupati and Vaishnodevi among others in the next 2-3 months", said Air Deccan chief revenue officer John Kuruvilla.
A Mumbai-based car rental service operator and vehicle asset management company City Group is planning to float a low cost airline for high value cargo and pilgrimage charter.
City Group's managing director S M Masood said, “We have already applied to the DGCA and are in the process of being granted approval.” The service, to be named City Airlines, has already bought a Beechcraft B-200 for the service, he added. Other carriers are also waiting and watching.
30/09/06 Sagar Malviya & Benny Anthony/Financial Express