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Air Costa to Commercially Operate from Dasara

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Headquartered in Vijayawada in the coastal Andhra Pradesh, Air Costa will start with its commercial operations from Dasara, October 14, as per the company officials. This first ever regional airline service will initially connect Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Chennai, Ahemdabad, Jaipur and Bangalore. However, after Dasara it will later spread its connectivity to Goa, Madurai, Visakhapatnam and Mysore. More than $100 million investment is planned during the next two years.

Passenger plane flying in the air

While talking to the reporters in Hyderabad, Ramesh Lingamneni, the managing director of LEPL, which is the promoter of Air Costa said that the airline has got approval from DGCA and it will run two Embraer-170 jets in the beginning owing to the lack of hangar space at the Vijayawada’s Gannavaram Airport. In fact, two more E-190 will start operating by November this year.

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According to Ramesh, “Our fleet is expected to rise to 25 aircrafts by 2018. Our aim is to provide air linkage to metros from two tier and three tier cities of the country, in the comfortable quieter cabin of a jet unlike a turboprop aircraft.” He further added that Air Costa has chosen Embraer E-Jets for reliability and efficiency. The CEO of Air Costa, Captain Babu said that “Our plan is to link underserved markets in India with more direct flights. The E170 and E190 jets are ideal both in size and range. We can add frequencies and routes without adding too much capacity, thus serving places with seasonal demand, as well as key secondary and tertiary business centers.”

Also, the airline will provide flexi-fare system via company website and all time call center services. Airline tickets can also booked through travel agents.

Delicious Dasara Thali not to be a Part of Hotels in Mysore this Festive Season

Panoramic view of Mysore Temple at Dasara

The lip-smacking ‘Dasara Thali’ that was introduced as a special dish for tourists flocking to Mysore, will not be a part of Dasara this festive season. Keeping in view the inflation for the second consecutive year, the stakeholders have arrived at the decision of not providing the special Dasara thali.

Panoramic view of Mysore Temple at Dasara

While blaming soaring of prices as the major reason for missing of Dasara thali from Mysore hotels, M Rajendra, who is the president of hotel owners association stated, “It is because of price rise that we cannot offer food for lower price for tourists. We have offered special dishes for Rs 20 and Rs 30 during previous Dasara seasons, but from past one year we have cancelled it because of the price rise in the materials which we use for cooking. With the current price, it is a difficult task for city hotels to serve special dishes for the tourists at minimum cost.”

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This novel concept of Dasara thali in Mysore hotels was introduced in 2010 for making the special dish available to the lower sections of the society. The dish includes palya or sagu, chapatti, bisibelle bath or vangibath or pulivogre, sweet, pickle and curd. However, this thali concept was not adopted by the three star and five star hotels.

Another hotelier said, “The price of the commodities has sky rocketed, it is not possible to provide that kind of food with Rs 20 and Rs 30 price and Dasara is the right time to make a hay so we don’t want to incur loss by providing food at that price. During last year, the tourist number was not encouraging because of drought like situation in the state. This year we are hoping to make a good business.”

Traditional dance performance at Dasara in Mysore

Ratnakar, a hotel owner in the city stated that, “We are not here to do a charity, we want to do business and with the prices of commodities soaring we cannot even think of dasara thali.” He further added that they will be a part of such novel gestures if the state government takes initiatives and provide them with oil and food items at subsidized prices at least during the festive season of Dasara.