Now, a good news for civilian passengers..Indian Air Force has now started flying civilian passengers twice a week in the remote Andaman and Nicobar islands.
A Dornier 228 aircraft, flown by a crew of the Air Force, connects Port Blair with Car Nicobar and Campbell Bay – the two islands which lie further south in the archipelago.
Earlier, this service was extended only in the cases of emergency but this is an exception.
“The Defence ministry has now given us the aircraft for civilian use. We are collecting the airfare from passengers and paying the air force some charges based on the number of flying hours. Our tickets are subsidised for islanders,” Lt General A K Singh (Retd), Lt Governor of the union territory told the agency.
The twin engine turbo-prop aircraft which can cruise at a speed of 200 knots can carry up to ten passengers.