TruJet (TRJ, Hyderabad Int'l) will launch Chennai-Salem flights on March 25, 2018, the first scheduled passenger service out of the latter airport, ch-aviation schedule analysis has revealed.

The service will be operated 7x weekly with ATR72 equipment. TruJet, previously known as Turbo Megha Airways, currently uses three ATR72-500s and one ATR72-600, the ch-aviation fleets module shows.

Salem's last regular commercial service to Chennai has been terminated in 2011. It was operated by now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines (IT, Mumbai Int'l) and closed due to low passenger numbers. Since then, the airport has been a hub for general aviation and pilot training. TruJet's service will be operated under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS, also known as UDAN), an Indian government's initiative aimed at subsidising flights to un- and underserved airports throughout the country.

TruJet had earlier been expected to launch Salem flights by the end of 2017.

Fares from Chennai to Salem will be capped at INR1920 (USD29.4) and from Salem to Chennai at INR1750 (USD26.8). The concessional rates will be available for the first 36 customers on each flight, amounting to 50% of the available capacity, in accordance with the UDAN scheme rules.