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Vijaywada may soon be connected to more cities via air
Vijayawada based Air Costa airlines, which is said to be the first regional airlines company of the country, has got its clearance certificate from the nation's domestic air regulator from Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to start it flying operations.

The airline will start aerations with four planes of four Embracer jets comprises two each from E-170 and E-190 type. The jets will have twin cabin configuration according to the Captain C.K. Babu CEO of the company.

The airline is promoted by Vijayawada based realtor Lingamaneni Ramesh who owns a company called LEPL. Started in 1983 as Lingamaneni Estates to undertake real estate, later the company has grown to a limited company. The LEPL limited company has diversified its business to various sectors like renewable energy, infrastructure, health care, education and hospitality.

Last year the company has entered into aviation and opted for Brazalian aircrafts called Embraer Jets.

Already two aircrafts have been parked at Vijayawada airport a couple of months ago for want of clearance to start the schedule operations.

The airlines is expected to start its operations from the October month of this year and preliminarily the operations will be to Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmadabad and Jaipur. In the second phase the airlines will connect its operations to Pune, Goa, Madurai, Trivandrum and Visakhapatnam.

With this the Vijayawada will be air linked to many important stations in the nation in future. As of now the Vijayawada aerodrome serves passengers for Hyderabad, Banglore, Delhi and Mumbai.

At present the airport has the runway of 7,900 feet which enables Boeings and Airbusses to land. The land acquisition is proposed to extend the runway up to 10,000 feet to make the airport more comfortable and international.

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