Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Adampur airport: Wait gets longer for flights to resume

Chandigarh: The wait of air passengers from the Doaba region, which has a large number of NRIs, is not going to end any time soon as there is no clarity yet about the resumption of commercial flight operations from the Adampur domestic airport.

Responding to a question by AAP Rajya Sabha member Ashok Mittal about government’s efforts to start regular flights from Adampur airport, Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said, “Airlines are free to induct capacity with any aircraft type on markets and network they wish to operate based on traffic demand and commercial viability.”

After repeal of the Air Corporation Act in March 1994, the Indian domestic aviation market has been deregulated, he added.

The first commercial flight landed at the Adampur domestic airport from Delhi on May 1, 2018. The Union minister said the routes connecting Adampur with Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur were awarded under the regional connectivity scheme of the ministry of civil aviation. He said the ‘Adampur-Delhi-Adampur’ route has been discontinued after completion of three years tenure. The other two routes commenced by SpiceJet are still valid but the operations are presently on halt by the airlines due to the Covid pandemic and commercial issues. He added said that all the five airports/civil enclaves managed by Airport Authority of India in Punjab at Amritsar, Ludhiana, Adampur, Bathinda and Pathankot are operational. There are a total number of 110 operational airports in the country, which include one in Chandigarh and three in HP, said Scindia. There are as many as 23 non-operational airports in the country, he added.

20/07/22 Sanjeev Verma/Times of India

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