The Karnataka government is planning to start its own airline to improve regional connectivity in the state. The minister for large and medium industries and infrastructure development, M.B. Patil, said that the government has started doing its homework on this and is studying the pros and cons. He also said that he had held talks with a senior officer who was with Air India, and the officer agreed with the plan.
The government is considering starting the airline with a fleet of 10–12 aircraft and focusing on connecting tier-2 and tier-3 cities in Karnataka. The minister said that the airline will be a low-cost carrier and will offer competitive fares. He also said that the government is willing to invest up to Rs. 600 crore in the airline.
The plan to start a state-owned airline has been welcomed by some people who believe that it will help to improve air connectivity in the state. However, others have expressed concerns about the financial viability of the airline and the government’s ability to run it efficiently.
“It is a far-fetched idea. After we started operating our own airports, we thought of having our own airlines. We could buy three aircraft and use them for intercity travel like Mysore-Bangalore, Bangalore-Hubli, etc. The cost will come up to Rs. 1600 crore,” Minister MB Patil said.
“We need to check the pros and cons of the plan. This is an idea, and it has to be executed. In the next six months, we will get a perfect plan on what to do,” he added.
Here are some of the benefits of the Karnataka government starting its own airline:
- It will improve air connectivity in the state, especially in tier-2 and tier-3 cities.
- It will provide affordable air travel options for the people of Karnataka.
- It will create jobs in the aviation sector.
- It will boost the state’s economy.
However, there are also some challenges that the government will need to address if it wants to start a successful airline.
These challenges include:
- The high cost of starting and running an airline.
- The competition from private airlines.
- The need to have experienced and skilled personnel.