Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: Private carrier Kingfisher Airlines has agreed to operate two flights from Puducherry after the runway repair work is completed, Union Minister of State for Planning, Parliamentary Affairs and Culture, V. Narayanasamy, said at a press conference here on Saturday.

At a meeting convened by Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel in New Delhi recently, the airline had agreed to operate flights on Puducherry-Bangalore and Puducherry-Coimbatore- Cochin sectors.

Kingfisher was planning a tie-up with Air France to provide connecting flight to those flying between Puducherry and Bangalore, Mr. Narayanasamy said.

“We hope to start operations in two months. The work on repairing the damaged portion of the runway is almost complete,” he said.

The private carrier will be operating 48-seater aircraft, he said, adding that once Air India procured smaller aircraft, it would also start operations from here.

The Chennai and Tirupati sectors were also under consideration. The territorial administration had sought Rs. 200 crore from the Centre to take up expansion of the runway for operating bigger aircraft. The Centre had sanctioned Rs.30 crore to construct a new terminal, he said.