New Delhi: Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M Scindia and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Gen (Retd) VK Singh inaugurated the direct flights between Lucknow and Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Goa by Air Asia today.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath was the guest of honour present at Lucknow Airport. Secretary Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) Rajiv Bansal, Joint Secretary, MoCA, Usha Padhee, and Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh, Durga Shankar Mishra were also present along with Air Asia CEO & MD Sunil Bhaskaran and other dignitaries from MoCA, Government of Uttar Pradesh and Air Asia.
Speaking at the launch of new flight routes, Scindia said, “It is a historic event that an airline has connected a city with eight connecting flights to five cities in India. I would like to congratulate and thank Air Asia and Government of Uttar Pradesh for this achievement. Lucknow is now connected to Delhi with three flights, Bengaluru with two flights, Mumbai with one flight, Kolkata with one flight and Goa with one flight daily.”
The flight between Lucknow and Delhi, Bengaluru, Goa will commence effectively from today and between Lucknow and Mumbai & Kolkata from September 1.
Commenting on the work done by his ministry for promoting civil aviation in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the Minister said, “It gives me immense pleasure to state that under UDAN scheme, we have allotted 63 new routes to the state of Uttar Pradesh and in future we will increase it to 108 so that civil aviation can reach every corner of Uttar Pradesh. We have also marked 18 airports in Uttar Pradesh under UDAN scheme which will require an investment of INR 1,121 crore for infrastructure development.”
Scindia further said, “Uttar Pradesh will have five international airports, which itself is a landmark in the country. It is a dream of the Prime Minister to make Uttar Pradesh a shining example of Atmanirbhar Bharat and to achieve this, we are constructing airports at Chitrakoot, Muradabad, Aligarh, Azamgarh and Shravasti apart from Jewar and Ayodhya.”
Gen Singh congratulated Air Asia for starting new flight routes for Lucknow and thanked CM Adityanath for reducing VAT on ATF, which, he hoped, would increase air connectivity in the state.
Air Asia (India) Private Limited is a subsidiary of Tata Sons Private Limited and commenced its operations in India on June 14, 2014 and flies over 50 direct and 100 connecting routes across India at 18 destinations.
These new connections will further strengthen connectivity between Lucknow and key cities in the country will facilitate enhanced connectivity and promote tourism, trade, and commerce in the region. It will also offer affordable, on-time, safe and hassle-free travel experience to people residing in Lucknow.