How Star Air defied the regional airline jinx

A cautious approach to costs and expansion so far has helped the airline beat the odds in an industry that’s seen many a carrier bite the dust. Will its recent induction of larger aircraft be a drag?

Every time a regional airline starts operations in India, it inevitably sets off a countdown to its grounding. Over the past decade and a half, nearly a dozen such airlines connecting smaller cities and towns in the country have shut shop. Some folded within a year. Others managed to hang around for a while longer, only to eventually bow to the complexities of the aviation business. 

Star Air, which started operations in 2019, was expected to go the same way. Like most of its predecessors, the airline was launched by a little known business house, the Kolhapur-based Sanjay Ghodawat Group, …


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