Thursday, August 03, 2017

Low-cost carriers to gain from Yogi govt's tourism push in UP

Lucknow: The proposal of the Yogi Adityanath government to develop new airports and upgrade existing ones to boost air connectivity in Uttar Pradesh will unlock the untapped air travel potential in the state, especially for low-cost carriers.
“There is a lot of air travel potential in this region and development of greenfield and brownfield airports would fuel the growth of the sector and encourage more people to upgrade to air travel,” low-cost carrier Scoot country head Bharath Mahadevan told Business Standard in Lucknow.
The UP government is working towards boosting air connectivity to promote leisure and religious tourism over the next 2-3 years. It has identified key centres, including Agra, Kanpur, Chakeri, Bareilly, Lalitpur, Jhansi, Faizabad, Meerut, Moradabad, Aligarh, Chitrakoot and Allahabad to develop greenfield airports or upgrade existing airstrips to handle scheduled and air services.
Mahadevan noted more than the price, it is the individual choice to take up the air travel, which needs to be promoted. “Going forward, I foresee tremendous growth in this sector, especially from smaller towns," he said.
03/08/17 Virendra Singh Rawat/Business Standard