More air­lines for Dur­ga­pur

Neena Sharma, Gen­eral Man­ager-Air­port Op­er­a­tions, Ben­gal Aerotropo­lis Projects Limited, Dur­ga­pur, says Zoom Air's flights would boost traf­fic to the city.

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In­dia’s lat­est sched­uled car­rier Zoom Air started fly­ing Delhi-Dur­ga­pur-Kolkata and brought back Kazi Nazrul Is­lam Air­port in Dur­ga­pur in the lime­light, which was ear­lier served only by Air In­dia. The air­port is partly owned by Sin­ga­pore’s Changi Air­ports In­ter­na­tional which has 36.32 per cent stake in BAPL.

Ec­static about Zoom Air’s ar­rival at the air­port, Neena Sharma, says, “Ear­lier all the peo­ple from this area, i.e. Dur­ga­pur, Asan­sol, Rani­ganj, Bard­haman and Dhan­bad would go to Kolkata, which means at least 3-4 hour jour­ney, and then take a flight for­ward. With this air­port be­ing com­mis­sioned, and with the Zoom Air flight from here, the time gets re­duced to half an hour max­i­mum.”

Sharma in­forms that Dur­ga­pur would be serv­ing as a feeder air­port for in­ter­na­tional flights. “We are any­way con­nect­ing to the met­ros like Kolkata and Delhi, which of­fer in­ter­na­tional con­nec­tions. The same happened when Air In­dia was op­er­at­ing from here,” she says. The BAPL is in talks with Air In­dia and hopes that the na­tional car­rier re­sumes its ser­vice to Dur­ga­pur soon. “We had done 84 per cent from this air­port for Air In­dia ear­lier with a 120 seat car­rier. We hope that Zoom Air, which is op­er­at­ing a 50 seater air­craft, would def­i­nitely boost our busi­ness and pas­sen­ger base,” Sharma adds.

For ex­pan­sion, they are in talks with other air­lines as well. “Zoom Air had done their trial and train­ing flights at this air­port. We are talk­ing to other air­lines to come here and start their train­ing flights. It would save them a lot of money as the fuel is cheaper here,” Sharma says.

We are talk­ing to other air­lines to come here and start their It would save them a lot of money as the fuel is cheaper here

Be­sides, two com­pa­nies are as­sess­ing the cargo ca­pac­ity at the Dur­ga­pur air­port and they were in­ter­ested in set­ting up cargo on BAPL’s be­half as well. “This area is known as the Sky City, where a lot of lo­gis­tic com­pa­nies were coming up. Thus, cargo is on the cards, be­cause fi­nally the rev­enue al­ways comes from cargo,” Sharma claims.

Neena Sharma Gen­eral Man­ager-Air­port Op­er­a­tions Ben­gal Aerotropo­lis Projects Limited (BAPL), Dur­ga­pur

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