North Indian carrier looks for partner in south

February 17th, 2008 - 3:53 pm ICT by admin  

Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Gurgaon-based MDLR Airlines, flying regional routes in north India, is looking to partner an airline based in the southern part of the country to boost connectivity. Confirming the development, Koustav Dhar, executive director of marketing and planning, said: “Yes, we are looking for a partner in the south. By the end of the year we will decide on the partner.”

However, Dhar refused to disclose to name the south-based carriers MDLR is in talks with.

“If someone can take passengers till Nagpur, then we can take them onwards to destinations in north India,” he told IANS.

The move will also help the airline tide over restrictions placed in the existing regional airline policy. According to the policy, regional airlines cannot operate between different zones in the country.

MDLR currently connects six cities in north India with three Avro RJ 70 aircraft. Dhar said the airline is considering wet lease of aircraft to increase its flights.

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