Thursday, August 30, 2018

Madhya Pradesh government takes up fight for more flights from Bhopal airport

Bhopal: The state government has decided to take up the issue of poor air connectivity at Raja Bhoj Airport with director general of civil aviation (DGCA). The state will pitch for slots to airlines to start operations from Bhopal to Pune and Bengaluru, and increase frequency of flights to Delhi and Mumbai.

Government officials said this at a meeting with IndiGo, Jet Airways, Air India and airport officials on Wednesday. This come in the wake of an online campaign by frequent fliers across the globe for more flights to and from Bhopal. The Bhopal chapter of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Airports Authority of India and state government organised a meeting with senior officials of major airlines, where it was agreed that flight connectivity from Bhopal is indeed poor and needs to be addressed. Poor air connectivity is hampering tourism and industries in MP, they said.
According to CII, the objective of the meeting was to push for connectivity to Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad and increase frequency to Delhi and Mumbai. “It was noticed that Bhopal airport has no flight during the daytime and has ample scope for airlines to start operations to various places,” said CII MP chapter vice-chairman Animesh Jain.
30/08/18 Ramendra Singh/Times of India