Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Flights from Bareilly won’t start before November, says civil aviation minister

Bareilly: Union minister of state (independent charge) for civil aviation, Hardeep Puri, while responding to a letter by local MP and Union minister Santosh Gangwar, categorically mentioned in his letter that Bareilly would have to wait for at least two more months before air services to begin, as the service provider — Turbo Aviation — will start its services only after civil enclave terminals in five other cities are completed. These terminals are being built or upgraded under the Centre’s regional connectivity UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme.
Gangwar had inaugurated Bareilly’s newly built commercial terminal earlier this year on March 10, minutes before the model code of conduct for the 17th Lok Sabha elections came into effect. At that time, it was announced that flights between Lucknow and Delhi would commence from Bareilly within a month.
On June 17, Ganwar had written to Puri, seeking reasons why flights from Bareilly couldn’t begin, despite the announcement made during the inauguration of the Bareilly airport by UP civil aviation minister Nand Gopal Nandi and then Union civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu that flights from Bareilly would start from April 15, 2019.
In the interim, cash-strapped aviation major Jet Airways, which had won the initial tender, missed its deadline, after which, on April 18, a team of Turbo Aviation arrived to examine preparations at Bareilly airport. Satisfied with arrangements, Turbo Aviation head of operations, P V Ravi Shankar said they would start service soon.
03/09/19 Pankul Sharma/Times of India
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