Saturday, July 17, 2021

Boost to air connectivity: Eight new flights from Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal: SpiceJet launched eight new flights from Madhya Pradesh on Friday. Addressing the virtual inauguration of the new flights, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that expansion of air services will create a better environment for investment in the state and for new opportunities for development and progress.

He added there is a need to start chopper services for Pachmarhi. Union Civil Aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia joined the programme from New Delhi.

SpiceJet air services was launched by CM Chouhan and Union Minister Scindia. These flights are from Gwalior to Pune, Ahmedabad and Mumbai and from Jabalpur to Surat. The airline will operate three days a week from Gwalior to Pune and four days a week between Gwalior to Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Air service facility will be available between Jabalpur and Surat for three days a week.

The CM said that there is an urgent need of international connectivity for Indore and Bhopal, which can later be extended to Gwalior and Jabalpur. With the increase of air services, tourism activities in Khajuraho, Mandu, Bhim Baithka, Ujjain, Omkareshwar, Maihar, Datia, Chitrakoot etc. will get a boost in the state. Helicopter services are needed for Pachmarhi and national parks. The citizens of the country will benefit from the UDAN Yojana launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to operate flights from small cities.

With Jyotiraditya Scindia as the new Union Civil Aviation Minister, the expectations of the people of the state have increased from the aviation sector, CM Chouhan said. “There is also ample scope for expansion of Aviation Academy and in the Maintenance and Repair Operations sector in the state,” he added.

17/07/21 Times of India

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