Thursday, November 04, 2021

Gujarat to expand intercity air service

Gandhinagar: On the eve of Diwali, the state government announced expansion of the intercity air service network to better connect Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara and other cities.

Purnesh Modi, civil aviation minister announcing the state government’s new focus said,“The state government intends to expand the intercity air-connectivity to provide faster transportation services to citizens. Five new airlines services will be started from Ahmedabad and Surat shortly. For Ahmedabad-Bhuj-Ahmedabad, Surat-Bhavnagar-Surat, Surat-Amreli-Surat, Surat-Rajkot-Surat, Surat-Ahmedabad-Surat services will be provided at fixed rates of Rs 3,500 to Rs 5,000 per ticket. This will make intercity travel convenient for people.”

Modi said, “A detailed action plan was discussed recently at a meeting chaired by CM Bhupendra Patel to boost intercity air-connectivity in state. This will further boost tourism in state. The state government will give incentives to airlines from the viability gap fund(VGF).”

All airlines will use 9-seater aircraft.

“The state government will also receive support from the Centre under the Udaan scheme. This decision is expected to increase local employment also. All those who need to travel can avail benefits of the scheme. In the coming days, the government will try to increase more services,’ the minister said.

04/11/21 Times of India

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