New Delhi :  Start-up carrier Tata-SIA Airlines plans to launch its flights from September one this year with Delhi as its hub, reports PTI.

The airline initially plans 87 weekly flights in the first year of its operations, connecting around 20 destinations to its New Delhi hub.

The full-service carrier, a 51:49 joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines (SIA), plans to fly from Delhi to Mumbai, Goa, Patna, Chandigarh, Srinagar, Hyderabad and Bengaluru in its first year of operations, according to its application for a flying licence filed with the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Its plans are to operate 87 flights in the first year, with leased Airbus A-320s, and scale it up to 301 by the fourth year of operations. Initially, the carrier plans to operates two flights a day to Mumbai, with one of them going further to Goa. The initial phase would also see two flights a day each to Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.

Besides the major metros, the proposed airline would also connect Srinagar, Patna, Chandigarh and Jammu. Under its aggressive expansion plans, the Tata-SIA Airlines proposes to add destinations like Chennai, Pune, Lucknow, Varanasi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Indore and Cochin within the first four years of operations.

DGCA issues public notice on granting nod

With the application in hand, DGCA has issued a public notice seeking objections, if any, to the grant of the Air Operators Permit (AOP or flying license) to the proposed carrier.

It has asked those having any objections or wanting to make suggestions to submit their viewpoints to DGCA within 20 days.

A similar notice was issued under the Aircraft Rules of 1937 before flying licence was granted to AirAsia India. DGCA had rejected the objections submitted and granted the license to AirAsia India on Wednesday.

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