New Delhi: Karnataka’s Bengaluru and Maharashtra’s Kolhapur cities got a direct air connectivity with Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia flagging off the inaugural flight of Indigo on Friday.
While the minister of state for civil aviation Vijay Kumar Singh joined the flight launching event from New Delhi, Scindia attended it virtually from other location.
In his inaugural address, Scindia said that focusing on the development and progress of Kolhapur, an investment of ₹245cr has been finalized for the construction of a new airport terminal, expansion of the runway, and the establishment of an air traffic control (ATC) tower.
The minister said that Kolhapur town, a prominent tourist destination in Maharashtra, got a direct air connectivity from Bengaluru as part of the Prime Minister’s vision to connect every corner of India. With the inauguration of this route Kolhapur is connected with Hyderabad, Tirupati, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and today, India’s silicon capital Bengaluru.
The minister further emphasized that with the commencement of this connectivity, new opportunities will rise and benefit people of both cities.
Gen VK Singh (Rtd.) congratulated the people of Kolhapur for getting this connectivity, which will help in boosting business, trade, and tourism in the area.
The inauguration was graced by Sanjay Sadashivrao Mandlik, MP, Lok Sabha, and Ruturaj Sanjay Patil, MLA – Kolhapur South. Besides, SK Mishra, joint secretary, ministry of civil aviation (MoCA) RK Singh, principal advisor, IndiGo, and other dignitaries from MoCA, AAI, IndiGo, and local administration from Kolhapur were also present.