Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Flights from Bathinda takes wings after 3 years hiatus

Bathinda airport on Monday resumed flight operations, almost three years after the last aircraft having landed here, with an Air Alliance flight from Delhi touching down here at around 1pm.

The inaugural flight, which ferried 10 passengers from Delhi, was met at the airport by both Bathinda MP and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal as well as AAP leader and Punjab Agriculture Minister, Gurmeet Singh Khuddian, who together welcomed passengers with smiles and flower bouquets.

The bonhomie between the ministers at the airport notwithstanding, there was a tug-of-war for taking credit between both the parties even before the flight had landed, with Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann having taken to the social media on Monday morning to announce that there was good news for the people of the Malwa region with the starting of a direct flight service from the afternoon.

“The area of Malwa will be directly connected with Delhi which will be beneficial for masses. This will open more ways for their happiness and progress. Steps taken by the Punjab government to make it ‘Rangla Punjab ‘ are continuously succeeding,” Mann posted on Facebook.

He added that Air Alliance had decided to keep the inaugural fare as Rs 1,999 and the state government was making efforts to start similar flights from other airports of Punjab as well.

10/10/2023 Raakhi Jagga/Indian Express

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