With the arrival of a nine-seater Cessna aircraft at Indore airport, the stage is set for trial runs and subsequent launch of air taxi services connecting towns and cities in the state from September 27, a year after operations were suspended in September 2014.
The aircraft will go through the mandatory checks by director general of civil aviation officials. Another aircraft is scheduled to arrive in the next few days.
"Once the required clearances are accorded, the services can commence from September 27. All other preparations to commence operations are in place," an official of Supreme Aviation said.
The air taxi services will connect Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Khajuraho, Satna, Kanha, Bhandhavgarh and Gwalior. The inter-state operations will connect cities, including Nagpur, Agra and Ahmedabad.
The state government has changed some of the features of the air taxi services after the previous contract holder Air Ventura's term expired. Instead of underwriting three out of nine seats on every flight, it will subsidise part of the per-hour flying cost, subject to a maximum of Rs 1 crore per month.