Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Few airlines, fewer flyers make hit air connectivity of Bhopal

In 2011, when the new terminal building of Raja Bhoj airport was inaugurated it was billed as the best airport among tier-II cities in the country. With its extended new runway, it was claimed Bhopal will be connected to all prominent cities in the country and even international services would begin.
In 2017, Bhopal is not even among top 30 airports of the country.
The airport has limited operations connecting few cities while the footfall dropped to less than half. Surprisingly, none of the private airlines are interested to operate from here. This, at a time when several private carriers have expanded their operations in Indore and Raipur.
Bhopal currently is connected only to Delhi, Mumbai, Raipur, Pune and Hyderabad with limited number of flights. It has practically no flight service to East and South India.
In past two years, Bhopal has lost connectivity with important destinations like Ahmedabad and Lucknow.
10/01/17 Ramendra Singh/The Times Of India

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