Fly Big Company is exploring the possibility of commencing flight services between Dehradun and Pithoragarh from the first week of September. The company conducted a trial flight in and around the Dehradun airport on August 16.
Fly Big’s aircraft has been stationed at the Dehradun Airport since June 30 to begin flights between Dehradun and Naini Saini Airport in Pithoragarh. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) team has inspected the airport several times to grant approval for the flight. However, the green signal is still pending, causing delays in starting the operations. As part of the trial, a 17-seater aircraft was flown for one and a half hours on August 16.
Sources within Fly Big indicate that the flight has received approval from the DGCA. However, due to operational reasons, the company is considering launching the flight around the first week of September. Presently, the company has not initiated bookings for this flight. The expenses, including staff salaries at the aircraft and Jolly Grant Airport, are being borne by Fly Big.
Inclement Weather Could Pose Challenges
Starting flight operations between Dehradun and Pithoragarh during the monsoon season might be challenging due to adverse weather conditions. The Dehradun Airport is the largest in the state, equipped with modern facilities, including night landing, Instrument Landing System (ILS), Doppler Very High Frequency Omni-Range (DVOR), and PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator), which aid landing even in inclement weather. However, despite these facilities, flights are being diverted daily from the airport due to bad weather.
Officials from Fly Big Company, responsible for initiating flight services between Dehradun and Pithoragarh, have not provided any updates at present. However, it is hoped that the flight will be operational soon. – Prabhakar Mishra, Airport Director, Dehradun