Friday, August 13, 2021

First flight to Mumbai takes off from Bareilly

Bareilly: The first passenger flight to Mumbai took off from Bareilly Airport at 12:30 pm on Thursday, reducing 30 hours’ journey to less than three hours.

Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia flagged off an Indigo’s flight — under the central government's regional connectivity scheme ‘UDAN’ (Udey Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) — at a virtual function that was attended by minister of state VK Singh and Bareilly MP Santosh Gangwar in Delhi.

Nearly 1,400 km distance between Bareilly and Mumbai that would otherwise take 30-40 hours to cover by train, would now be travelled in less than three hours, said Bareilly Airport officials, adding that they are also gearing up to commence flight operations to Bengaluru from August 14.

After commencing the service on Thursday, Indigo Airlines tweeted that the airlines had started successful operations on the Bareilly-Mumbai route and they were now looking forward to start operations on the Bareilly-Bengaluru route.

According to officials, the fare to the Mumbai flight, which will be four days a week, is yet to be finalised, but they indicated that the one side fare could be around Rs 3,400 per person.

Meanwhile, a brief inaugural function was also organised at the Bareilly airport, where the first lot of passengers flying from Mumbai were welcomed. On the occasion, UP civil aviation minister Nand Gopal Nandi, Bareilly mayor Umesh Gautam and officials of the Bareilly district administration were present.

Speaking to TOI, Bareilly Airport director Rajeev Kulshrestha said, “Indigo has successfully launched the flight operations on the Bareilly-Mumbai route on Thursday. A flight departed from Mumbai at 9.23 am and reached Bareilly Airport (Civil Enclave) at 11.30 am. The flight then departed from Bareilly at 12.30 pm and reached Mumbai at 2.40 pm (in two hours and ten minutes).”

13/08/21 Maria Khan/Times of India

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