Friday, February 25, 2005

BS interview with GR Gopinath

An excellent interview in Business Standard with Air Deccan's chief GR Gopinath on what he wants the government to do.

He makes perfect sense. The government has to improve infrastructure in small towns so that people can fly across. The time wasted in travelling from one place to another place in India is atrocious. And the cost of flying is such that flights are beyond the reach of most businesspeople.

I would like to be in a position to fly from Chennai to Salem, Tanjavur, Nagarkovil and so on, all at a cost lower than or comparable to 2nd AC in trains. Perhaps at a level of 3rd AC?

The time I save will be extremely useful. Also, the time it takes me to travel to the airport and the delays in the airporty should be reasonable and not unduly high. I have travelled to the airports in Madurai, Trichy and Coimbatore (besides of course Chennai). There is nothing one can do now in moving these places around. However at least the airports proposed in other medium sized towns should be at a reasonable distance. Landing gear with thatched roof airports - good enough, provided they are safe from possible fire accidents.

Maybe all these things will happen within the next 5 years?

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