Air Deccan is back with INR 1 Air Tickets

Many moons ago, in 2003 to be precise, Captain Gopinath brought low cost flying to India. In this version, everyone had a secular chance of flying on the cheap, with INR 1 + taxes tickets going thick and fast. I remember being in Chennai and seeing massive queues for those 1 INR tickets. I also remember buying one of those once or twice and acting like gate lice, trying to get the best seat possible given there was no seat reservation with Air Deccan. Over the years, the airline got folded up into Kingfisher Airlines, and the rest was history.

Now, Capt. Gopinath is back with another attempt at aviation. He is launching Air Deccan again, but with a different business model. This time around, smaller 19-seater Beech 1900 D planes, for smaller between Metro and non-Metro airports under Government of India’s UDAN scheme.

Beech 1900D

Beech 1900D (Via Flickr: 

The new Air Deccan won the right to operate flights between several airports, with a fixed number of seats to be offered under INR 2500 for an hour of flying. With the scheme, the government hopes to have more aviation bases covered in the country. But not just that, some people will also get the INR 1 fares just like the earlier days.

In the new avatar, the airline states they will operate bases from four airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Shillong, connecting them with smaller cities around. The first Air Deccan flight will take off on December 22 and fly to Mumbai from Nashik.

Subsequently, there will be daily return flights between Mumbai/Nashik, Mumbai/Jalgaon and Nashik/Pune. From Delhi, there will be flights to Agra, Shimla, Ludhiana, Pantnagar, Dehradun and Kullu, as per the airline.


The return of the brand will also mean the famous common man logo designed by RK Laxman will return on the aircraft. The new website is and here is how it looks this morning.

Air Deccan Website

Air Deccan Website

Here is hoping, this time around, they are here to stay.



About Ajay

Ajay Awtaney is the Founder and Editor of Live From A Lounge (LFAL), a pioneering digital platform renowned for publishing news and views about aviation, hotels, passenger experience, loyalty programs, travel trends and frequent travel tips for the Global Indian. He is considered the Indian authority on business travel, luxury travel, frequent flyer miles, loyalty credit cards and travel for Indians around the globe. Ajay is a frequent contributor and commentator on the media as well, including ET Now, BBC, CNBC TV18, NDTV, Conde Nast Traveller and many other outlets.

More articles by Ajay »

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *