TruJet (2T, Hyderabad Int'l) commenced services to Bidar, in the northeastern part of Karnataka State in India, on February 7 becoming the former Indian Air Force airbase's first scheduled service. The carrier will connect Bidar to Bangalore Int'l daily with its ATR72-500s and -600s.

As a result of the service, Bidar becomes the eighth operational commercial airport in the Karnataka region of India, joining Bangalore Int'l, Mangalore, Hubli, Belgaum, Mysore, Vidyanagar, and Gulbarga. The 282 nautical-mile (522-kilometre) sector, which has a block time of around 90 minutes, replaces a 12-hour road journey.

The airport has benefitted from an INR110 million rupee (USD1.5 million) revamp under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) - also known as Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) - borne by the state and central governments.

With the start of the Bangalore-Bidar route, the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has successfully overseen the start-up of 252 routes and 45 airports under this flagship scheme.

Trujet has a fleet of just six aircraft, consisting of four ATR72-500s and two ATR72-600s. Hyderabad Int'l is the airline's biggest operation, with over 5,500 weekly seats operated to nine domestic destinations. From Bangalore, TruJet offers daily service to Vidyanagar, also in Karnataka State.