Indore: Air taxi service fails to take off again

Staff ReporterUpdated: Monday, June 24, 2019, 11:13 AM IST
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Indore: Air taxi services connecting key business and tourist destinations in Madhya Pradesh is still a distant dream.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation had on November 26, 2016 announced to re-launch air tax services by Prabhatam Aviation. As per contract, the aviation company was to start its operation before March 26, 2017. Following delay in commencing services, the company was given one month extension up to April 26, 2017.

After Ventura Air Connect stopped operation in 2014, MPSTDC made repeated attempts to resume taxi service but in vain. In October 2016 it again invited bids from air operators to start taxi operation in state and on November 26, 2016 Prabhatam Aviation was awarded the contract with a condition of resuming the service before March 26, 2017.

However, the air taxi operator failed to take off the service before the given time and the tourism corporation granted one month extension to commence the service. The extension period also expired without any result on April 26 and the MPSTDC has neither given another extension to the aviation company nor terminated the contract.

It is learnt that the company has not received non-scheduled operation permit (NSOP) yet due to which they could not roll-out the service. As per the plan, air taxi service was to start from city for four destinations – Bhopal, Jabalpur, Khajuraho and Shirdi. MPSTDC officials were not available for the comment.

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