A few days ago, the Aviation industry took a great sigh of relief, when the Civil Aviation Ministry gave its green signal for starting domestic flight operations in a calibrated manner. The latest entrant to this club is Star Air, a Scheduled commercial airline, which has also declared the commencement of its daily flight operations again from 25th May 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Union Government had restricted all modes of travel including air travel since 25th March 2020. However, the impact of the nationwide lockdown and the growing demand from passengers for safe travel encouraged the Government to start domestic flight operations.
Star Air is a prominent airline services company, which has made a significant presence in the airline space with its impressive and qualitative services. The airline operates under the RCS-UDAN scheme and provides services in far deeper pockets of the country.
Many see it as the most promising airline brands in making. It is known for providing world-class flight services to various metros as well as Tier-II and Tier-III Indian cities at a very affordable cost. Star Air operates in ten Indian cities including Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Tirupati, Hubballi, Belagavi, Delhi (Hindon), Kalaburagi, Indore, and Kishangarh (Ajmer).
Star Air has already started bookings for its various travel routes and is getting a phenomenal response from the customers across India. It has decided to implement numerous precautionary measures to ensure passengers' safety as per the directives of the Union Government.
Daily sanitization of aircraft with effective disinfectants, enabling employees to wear PPEs while serving passengers, providing a web check-in facility to reduce physical contact, and many other such measures have been implemented byStar Airto maximize its passengers' safety.
Experts say that travelling in Star Air in these challenging times would be far more comfortable and safer than any other airline. Star Air uses 50-seater Embraer aircraft with an alpha seating arrangement facility. This seating is unique because it has dual features of aisle and window seat. Travelling in this arrangement makes any passenger less exposed to other fellow passengers, due to fewer people density and wider distance amongst passengers inside the aircraft. Its extra legroom space of total 31 inches between the seats is far greater than what most of the established airline giants offer and thus ensure more comfort while maintaining maximum distancing.
"It is a delight that DGCA has given its nod to start operations in the domestic skies. Millions of people are stuck in different parts of our country due to lockdown. Now, these people can easily reach their homes safely. We are ready to serve our passengers with utmost safety as per guidelines issued by DGCA," says Mr. Sanjay Ghodawat, Chairman - Star Air.
Star Air, a regional commuter airline, which stunned the whole Indian aviation industry with its fabulous growth in the very first year of its operations, recently added another feather in its cap. On 16th March 2020, Star Air wrote history by becoming the India’s first airline to start direct flight services between Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and Kishangarh (Ajmer – Rajasthan) under the popular RCS-UDAN scheme.
The airline scheduled a few mega launch events at both Indore and Kishangarh airports, where scores of high-profile dignitaries had come. Mrs. Aryma Sanyal – Airport Director (Indore) inaugurated this historic Indore-Kishangarh flight service at a grand ceremony held at the Indore airport on 16th March 2020. Along with her, Mr. Bikar Singh – Chief Aerodrome Security Officer from CISF, Mr. Sunil Bansod – ATC Incharge, Mr. Shrivastav – Terminal Incharge, and many other senior dignitaries from the AAI were also present at this function.
In another event conducted on the same day but at the Kishangarh Airport, many senior dignitaries from the AAI attended one grand launch ceremony. Senior Congress MLA Mr. Suresh Tak, Marble Association President – Mr. Susheel Jain, RK Marble Chairman – Mr. Ashok Patni, Mr. Ashok Kapoor – Airport Director (Kishangarh Airport), Mr. R K Meena – Commercial Head, and Mrs. Anuradha – ATC Incharge also came and graced this event with their distinguished presence.
It is quite interesting that in a very limited time, the airline has not only made this route operational but also successful in creating a buzz about this route in a very shorter span of time. Star Air on 18 February 2020 announced to launch this service and subsequently opened its sales. Since then there has been immense euphoria amongst millions of people who were aspired to see such service for decades. People’s delight can be gauged from the fact that since this announcement, its sales hotline number got flooded with enquiries at enormous scale.
Increasing Footprints; Fulfilling Aspirations
Star Air has gained phenomenal success in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Delhi-NCR, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujrat, and Madhya Pradesh. And now connecting Rajasthan, also called as “The Land of Colours”.
Rajasthan is the seventh Indian state where Star Air is providing its flight services under the RCS-UDAN scheme. Interestingly, Indore and Kishangarh, which are almost 550 kilometres apart, had not been blessed with direct flight connectivity prior to Star Air’s launch. People had to spend more than 10 hours to cover this distance that too with much hassle and discomfort. But now they can cover this distance in just 1 hour.
“Star Air is the first airline, which has fulfilled the aspirations of millions of people, by starting the first-ever direct flight services between Indore and Kishangarh,” says Mr. Shrenik Ghodawat, MD – Star Air. “For many decades, people of Belagavi, Karnataka were also aspired to get benefitted with affordable and swift transportation services to
Kishangarh (Ajmer). Considering people’s demand, the management of Star Air has further decided to extend the benefits of its Kishangarh service to a larger number of people living across the geography of Belagavi by providing flight services between Belagavi and Kishangarh (Ajmer) with one stop (via Indore) from 16th March 2020 itself.”
Prior to its launch, there was no direct flight services available between Belagavi and Kishangarh. And to cover the distance of almost 1550 kilometres between Belagavi and Kishangarh, travellers had to spend more than a day while traveling by bus or train. However, after the commencement of this route, people now can travel between Belagavi and Kishangarh in just 3 hours, which has also become the fastest means of travel for the said route till date, a feat in itself.
It is expected that millions of people from South & West Maharashtra, North & West Karnataka, and from many districts adjacent to Indore would get benefitted with this service. Especially, districts from Maharashtra state like Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, and many districts from Karnataka state like Belagavi, Dharwad, Vijapur would get benefitted from this connectivity.
A Gift for Travel Enthusiasts and Businesspeople
This service will help travellers to a great extent as Kishangarh, a place close to Ajmer, is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India. This route is expected to make travel easy for tourists, who love to explore palaces, forts and places of religious importance. With the commencement of this route, now people can fly easily to Kishangarh and take a glimpse of the famous Ajmer Sharif Dargah (30 KM), Pushkar Lake (48 KM), Phool Mahal Palace (4 KM), Roopangarh Fort (27 KM) etc., much comfortably than ever before.
Travellers can also visit Salasar Balaji Dham Mandir in Sikar, which is the only temple of Lord Hanuman in entire India, where he is idolized in moustache and beard form. It is just 156 KM from Kishangarh.
Also, businesspersons, who are in marble businesses, can immensely save their travel time with the launch of Indore-Kishangarh and Belagavi-Kishangarh (with one stop via Indore) routes. As this city, Kishangarh, known as Marble City of India, is very popular for its exquisite marbles globally.
Bengaluru, Hubballi and Tirupati flights are starting from 25th January, 2019 and the tickets are available on www.starair.in. Bengaluru to Belgaum flights are expected to start in February, 2019. Star Air has introduced enhanced options like Star Air Comfort and Star Air Flexi for the convenience of the customers at affordable prices.
Star Air will be the first Indian carrier to introduce Embraer 145 to fly for domestic routes.
Star Air is celebrating the launch by announcing an introductory promotional fare starting at Rs. 1299/-* on Bengaluru-Hubballi and Hubballi-Bengaluru routes, Rs. 2099/-* on Hubballi-Tirupati and Tirupati-Hubballi routes, Rs. 2599/-* on Bengaluru-Belgaum and Belgaum-Bengaluru routes.
Star Air is optimistic and looking forward to connect to more cities across India under UDAN 3. Star Air has a wealth of experience of providing Helicopter Charter services since 2013 and the airline service is a next strategic decision to contribute and to be a part of ever expanding commercial aviation of India.
Commenting on the new venture, the Chairman Mr. Sanjay Ghodawat said, “We are pleased to announce the launch of our new flights which offer enhanced options and convenience to our customers. Our aircrafts are fast, seats are comfortable and our crew is experienced to provide a ‘Star Experience’. We plan to help the Indian travellers connect to various locations at affordable rates and the best of services. We hope that we will live up to the expectations of our travellers and keep on serving the society through our business venture and customer centric approach.”
Bookings are now open on www.starair.in and Customer Care number: +91 9970555111 and travel agents.
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Beginning the year 2019 with wings, Star Air, a Sanjay Ghodawat Group venture, has announced the issuance of “Air Operator Certificate”, issued by Ministry of Civil Aviation on 1st Jan 2019. The airlines has plans to open ticket sales shortly.
Star Air will be operating fleet of Embraer ERJ145, which is the fastest in the category having 0.8 Mach Flying Speed. A highly successful aircraft around the world will now be the first in India. The seating capacity for the aircraft is 50 and have an average seat pitch of 31 inches.
Star Air is the first Schedule Commuter Operator based out of Bengaluru (Karnataka) and will start flights from Bengaluru and Hubballi. Star Air is also looking to connect to more cities across India under UDAN 3. Star Air previously already had commenced air services through its Helicopter services and the airline services are new addition to the diversified businesses of the SGG. Commenting on the new venture, the Chairman Mr. Sanjay Ghodawat said, “We plan to help the Indian travellers connect to various locations at affordable rates and the best of services. We hope that we will live up to the expectations of the travellers and keep on serving the society through our business venture and services.”
For more information, visit www.starair.in