Its Airways Vs Roadways

New Delhi, July 30 | Updated: Jul 31 2004, 05:42am hrs
Air Deccan, the aviation industrys David, promises to challenge not just the Goliaths on metro routes but bus companies too. Air Deccans boss GR Gopinath said that the first five seats, booked 90 days in advance on any metro route, will go for Rs 500. Government permissions, which were holding him back, are through. The take-off will come before August 14.

Mr Gopinath said that the next bucket of Rs 800 will be opened for another five tickets, and so on.

The fares will go up incrementally. For example, the first 45 seats on the Delhi-Bangalore sector will go for between Rs 500 and Rs 3,200, the next 90 between Rs 4,000-Rs 5,000 and the balance 45 for Rs 5,000-7,000.

Air Deccan has hired Airbus A-320s. What it didnt have earlier were parking slots. That wait is over. The civil aviation ministry has allocated parking slots at Bangalore and Chennai, Mr Gopinath informed.

I have been assured that Mumbai and Delhi will come soon too, he said.

The company has taken delivery of one Airbus A-320. Two more are on the way. Rail officials are putting up a brave front.

All these schemes are of academic interest only. Our volumes have grown in the competing air conditioned classes and we are running wait list, an official claimed.