After many months of waiting for the necessary approvals, LEPL-Group promoted Air Costa has finally received clearance to begin scheduled operations from India’s aviation regulator, the DGCA. Using Embraer E-170 regional jet aircraft, the airline plans to link Chennai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad from its regional hub of Vijayawada.
It’s not an easy time for the aviation industry in India – regional airline Air Mantra folded earlier this year after less than 9 months of operation. Indian scheduled carriers have lost billions of dollars this year alone. Air Costa hopes that its focus on regional operations in what it considers to be an underserved area of India will yield positive results.
Air Costa plans to be a low-fare carrier, but it also will be utilizing a 2-class cabin configuration. In India, only JetKonnect currently utilizes such a model – other low-fare carriers have chosen to utilize single class configurations to lower costs.
Tickets will be available for booking on http://aircosta.in in the coming weeks.