Sunday, July 14, 2024

Not Kingfisher But This ‘Grounded’ Zoom Airlines Takes Flight Again

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Against the aviation industry odds, Zoom Airlines, akin to the phoenix rising from the ashes, resumes operations after being grounded for years. The domestic carrier relaunched its services, connecting Delhi to Ayodhya on Wednesday, marking a significant comeback in the aviation arena.

The airline deployed its fleet of Bombardier CRJ200ER aircraft for services on the Delhi-Ayodhya route, which has already emerged as one of India’s most sought-after spiritual tourism hotspots.

In August last year, the aviation watchdog, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), gave its nod to Zoom Airlines to commence commercial passenger operations in India.

Zoom Airlines or Zexus Air, initially established in April 2013, acquired its first aircraft, a Bombardier CRJ200. However, it only commenced operations in February 2017. Despite its efforts, the airline struggled to draw significant air passenger traffic.

Due to safety concerns, DGCA suspended its air operator certificate in July 2018 for a period exceeding a year.

“We are delighted to announce the relaunch of Zoom, with services connecting Ayodhya and Delhi. Zoom is dedicated to enhancing regional connectivity in India. The new flight services aim to connect people, cultures, and regions to this spiritual hub,” said Zoom’s Chief Executive Officer Atul Gambhir.

“We are witnessing a significant increase in domestic air travel passengers in India. The proliferation of low-cost airline flights, streamlined booking systems, improved customer experience, and flexible airline schedules are key factors contributing to this growth. Zoom will align with these growth elements, enhancing the travel experience and making it more appealing for individuals with a focus on quality improvement,” said Gambhir.

He said that the airline will also persist in its support role, promoting the Government’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS-UDAN) by launching additional services focused on the UDAN routes as part of its service revival.

“We are also considering the exploration of new routes and expanding our network to include more tier-2 cities. This will provide passengers with additional travel options, contributing further to the growth of the domestic aviation sector,” said Gambhir.

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