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In aviation, our focus lies on air transportation, not hospitality: Manoj Chacko

The Goa Tourism Department and Just Udo Aviation Private Limited (Fly91) forged a strategic partnership at the recently-concluded GITM 2024.

Speaking to TravelBiz Monitor after signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Manoj Chacko, MD & CEO, Fly91, said that they are focused on responsible travel and sustainable tourism. “Goa has always been an inbound destination. Our commitment is to connect India in a way that has never been done before. We want to provide better options for the people of Goa to travel,” said Chacko.

When asked about his decision to enter the aviation industry amid its challenges, he responded, “It’s not as dire as it seems. I’ve always believed that when aviation professionals transition into entrepreneurship, they often establish successful airlines. Look at IndiGo, for instance. An aviation professional from India founded it, and after 18 years, it boasts one of the highest market caps globally. Similarly, David Neeleman in the US has successfully launched multiple airlines. There are numerous examples like these.”

He also said, “For us, aviation is about air transportation not hospitality. There are many airlines that have made that mistake.”

The airline has started its operation last month with flights on the Goa-Bengaluru route. The carrier will commence operations between Goa-Agatti-Goa, Goa-Jalgaon-Goa and Hyderabad-Jalgaon-Hyderabad, starting April 18, 2024. The new routes will establish direct connectivity between these destinations, offering travellers enhanced accessibility, increased flight options. The airline presently operates two ATR 72-600 aircraft with more aircraft expected in the coming months

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