Monday, February 15, 2021

Flights from Ranchi may double by April with focus on tier-2 cities

Ranchi: The number of flights taking off from Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi is likely to double by April with focus on connecting the Jharkhand capital to tier-2 cities like Lucknow, Guwahati and Trivandrum, officials from the transport department said on Sunday.

“We want to add new flights to tier two cities in the summer schedule. We are in talks with some airlines and hopeful that air connectivity will increase in the summer,” said state transport secretary K. Ravi Kumar, who recently met Airports Authority of India officials and Ranchi airport director.

Currently, around 17 flights take off from and land in Ranchi every day. The number, airport officials said, is likely to go up at 32 in April once new flights are added.

An official, talking on behalf of the airport director Vinod Sharma, who was not on duty on Sunday, said that Ranchi is likely to get direct flights to Jaipur, Lucknow, Trivandrum and some other tier-2 cities from April.

The state government recently lifted flight restrictions on the Birsa Munda Airport and gave its nod to increase the number of flights to and from Ranchi. The only operational airport in Jharkhand is well connected to metro cities across India. Ranchi already has direct flights to New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad. In the past couple of months, Indigo Airlines also started flights to Pune and Ahmedabad from the city.

14/02/21 Telegraph

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