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Five Indian airlines to flight to under-served cities

Staff Writer |
In a bid to boost air travel between smaller Indian cities, the government has awarded licenses to five domestic airlines to operate flights to airports it has already identified as under-served or unserved.

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The government took the first step in its plan to boost regional connectivity in October by inviting bids from airlines to fly on less-frequented routes and offering them incentives and subsidies in return.

Besides SpiceJet, Air Deccan, Air Odisha, Alliance Air, which is a unit of Air India, and Turbo Megha Airways, have received licenses, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, federal civil aviation minister, told reporters at a press conference.

SpiceJet won bids to operate across 11 routes, while Air Deccan, India's pioneering discount airline, bagged 34 routes. Air India's Alliance Air won licenses to operate across 15 routes.

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