Travel from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh to New Delhi, Bangalore, Goa, Kolkata and Mumbai has become easier now. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday launched AirAsia’s new flight service to New Delhi, Bangalore and Goa, while flights to Kolkata and Mumbai will start from next month.
Describing better connectivity as an easy way to accelerate the pace of development, Chief Minister Yogi also reiterated his resolve to make UP the best state in terms of connectivity.
While praising Chief Minister Yogi’s efforts to improve air services in the state, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has congratulated Lucknow for the new air services.
On Friday, in a program organized at the premises of Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, Lucknow, the CM launched AirAsia flight services for three cities.
On this occasion, he said that Uttar Pradesh has benefited immensely from the ‘UDAN’ scheme launched by the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Modi had dreamed of flying a common man wearing hawai chappals, better air services in Uttar Pradesh are about to come true.
He said that before 2017, the state had airports mainly in Lucknow and Varanasi. Gorakhpur and Agra had partially functional airports.
Then air service was available from 4 airports to only 25 destinations, today 09 airports are functional. Before five years in Lucknow alone, where there was flight service to 15 cities, today flights are available to more than 30 cities.
CM Yogi said that connectivity has a big contribution in accelerating the pace of development. In this context, expressways are being constructed in the state and more and more cities are being connected by air services.
The state government is also taking the cooperation of the Airport Authority of India for the necessary infrastructure development to improve air services. Very soon air service will start from Aligarh, Azamgarh, Chitrakoot, Shravasti and Sonbhadra.
The CM also expressed his gratitude to the Union Civil Aviation Minister for his positive cooperation. Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is virtually associated with the program, said that 63 new routes have been added in recent times to boost the immense potential of UP, and it is set to increase to 108 routes soon.
AirAsia CEO and MD Sunil Bhaskaran met Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State V.K. Expressing gratitude to Singh and Chief Minister Yogi, termed it historic to start the service from Lucknow.
Bhaskaran told that eight Air Asia flights will be available from Lucknow. Five flights have started today, while three flights to Kolkata and Mumbai will start from September.
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