IndiaOne Air launches commercial operations in Odisha

IndiaOne, the regional airline started operating commercially on October 31, 2022, as part of the winter schedule 2022. Daily service Bhubaneswar-Jeypore-Visakhapatnam-Jeypore-Bhubaneswar will be provided.

IndiaOne Air, a regional airline that specialises in connecting tier 2 and tier 3 cities, has soft-launched a UDAN (Ude Deshka Aam Nagrik) route from Bhubaneswar to Jeypore. IndiaOne Air is the country’s first regularly scheduled airline to fly a single-engine aircraft.

On October 31, 2022, IndiaOne Air flew for the first time between Jeypore and Bhubaneswar (Biju Patnaik International Airport). To commemorate the first scheduled flight into the city, the airline also provided an introductory cost of Rs 999 (for a short time only). IndiaOne Air allowed reservations up until November 9th, 2022, and all available seats were sold out in a short period. 

The daily scheduled flights will cut the distance between Jeypore town and the state capital of Odisha to 1.5 hours. 

Beginning flight operations from Jeypore will increase connectivity, trade, and tourism while also achieving regional residents’ objectives. Jeypore Airport received a licence in October, making it the first state-owned airport to do so.

“It was a long-standing demand of the people of this region and we are extremely happy about the announcement. At present, it takes nearly 12 hours to reach Bhubaneswar by road but with the introduction of flight services, the travel time will be reduced to just 1 hour and 45 minutes.” 

Tara Prasad Bahinipati, MLA, Jeypore

Under the UDAN programme, the Odisha State Government, the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Government of India, and the Airports Authority of India worked together to grant the airport a licence for regularly scheduled commercial flight operations.

Currently, a nine-seater flight will operate and efforts will be made to replace it with a 19-seater plane soon. Regional airline IndiaOne Air is headquartered in Ahmedabad, India. A brand-new aircraft Cessna Grand Caravan will be flown, which is a single-engine aircraft, making it India’s first scheduled carrier to do so.

The airline received the AOC on June 24, 2022, after the proving flight was completed on June 22, 2022. IndiaOne Air will offer safe, effective, affordable, and punctual services to connect tier 2 and tier 3 cities with major cities.

A brand-new aircraft Cessna Grand Caravan will be flown by IndiaOne Air

To connect underserved and unserved cities that would otherwise be challenging and time-consuming to reach by road and train, they work to offer both interstate and intrastate scheduled flights beginning in Eastern India.

To promote regional air connectivity and lower the cost of air travel for the general public, the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) Called UDAN on October 21, 2016.

The Implementing Agency, Airports Authority of India (AAI), has so far identified 154 RCS airports under UDAN for the use of RCS flights, including 14 water aerodromes and 36 helipads.

It has allocated 948 routes, of which 405 have been operationalized under UDAN as of March 9, 2022. These routes involve 65 airports, 8 heliports, and 2 water aerodromes.