Lucknow: Unfazed by the downturn in avaition sector, low-fare regional carrier MDLR Airlines plans to expand its route network, connecting major cities across the country.
“Our operations on the low-fare, full service model has strengthened our presence as a scheduled regional operator in Northern India and this new flight is just a step forward in that direction,” Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of MDLR Koustav M. Dhar said as the airline launched a maiden six-day a week service between New Delhi and Lucknow.
Asked how new flights were being launched when the aviation sector was suffering major financial crisis, Dhar said: “The airline has withered the ongoing storm. Now we plan to consolidate and expand intelligently in the coming months.”
Observing that MDLR planned to expand its services and would connect important cities in northern India, he said that the Lucknow flight would be followed by non-stop flights between Chandigarh and Goa in the next forthnight to give tourists and honeymooners of Punjab and Haryana the best connection at amazing prices.
For the Lucknow-Delhi flight, the Gurgaon-based airline has introduced a four-engined Avro jet aircraft with four business class and 70 economy seats with six flights a week both to and from these two major north Indian cities.
“Our Lucknow service is the first of its kind serving Nawabi, Awadhi and Lucknowi cuisine on board,” he said, adding that it would attract not only the Delhi-Lucknow passengers, but also those arriving or connecting with other domestic or international flights.
“We have always offered the best prices and have one of the lowest fares in all sectors with full service on board. We are also working special fares for international passengers connecting with international airlines,” Dhar said.
“Our aim is to keep the fare Rs200 less than the lowest existence fare on the routes on which we are operating,” he maintained.
He said that for the last three months, MDLR has been accorded with highest passenger load factor amongst all Indian carriers and also received the preferred airline status by several corporate houses.
“The business model of a regional airline, with connections to important regional cities, including state capitals, would assist a player to sustain its operations,” he said adding: “This would not only increase the confidence of passengers in these cities, but would also assist them to choose their own airline and with lowest fare guarantee with best of services.”