Dot 56: Even a Village boy can fly and change the destiny of Indian Air space

Posted by Praveen on August 6, 2014 at 10:05 PM

When he was born in a village, rarely people thought that he would even get to sit in an airplane. No one new that from remote part of Karnataka, Wings are being made inside the young boy's mind who will eventually disrupt the Indian Airspace- Air Deccan.

Capt.G.R Gopinath, founder of Air Deccan, is the father of low cost air travel in India. He was born in a teacher's family and was second in the family of 8 children. Though, his father was teacher himself, he did not allow his son to study in school and Gopinath eventually joined the school directly in 5th Standard. That's how his formal education began. Thereafter, he joined the defence school and qualified for one of the prestigious exams- National Defence Academy. Thereafter he served the army for 8 years and saw a silver lining in the cloud in 1995 when Indian government started reforms and promoted entrepreneurship.

This sparkled the entrepreneur and he identified a true potential in Helicopter Charter business in India. Along with an old Army fried, he decided to start a private sector commercial helicopter service in 1996. Understanding the needs of this segment, he started the first low cost, no frills airline. In 2003, Air Deccan revolutionized air travel in India- connecting flights to remote parts of the country. On its peak, Air Deccan operated 100+ flights a day, connecting over 50+ destinations in India. Eventually, Air Deccan was acquired by Kingfisher and gradually merged into the premium airlines.

He still remains an easily approachable person like he always was, relentlessly pursuing his dream of enabling every Indian to fly. He currently lives in Bangalore with his wife and two daughters, Pallavi and Krithika.

Categories: Founders, Inspiration, Believe in yourself

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