October 5, 2022

MoCA: Eight new routes launched to boost regional aerial connectivity

New Delhi, Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia along with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar on July 16 virtually flagged off eight new routes bolstering the aerial connectivity from Madhya Pradesh to Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Rakesh Singh, Member of Parliament, Jabalpur; Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) along with other senior officials of the ministry were also present during the flag off.

Pradhuman Singh Tomar, Minister of Energy, Government of Madhya Pradesh; Tulsi Silawat, Minister of Water Resources, Government. of Madhya Pradesh; Dr. Kirit Solanki, Member of Parliament, Ahmedabad; and Vivek Narayan Shejwalkar, Member of Parliament, Gwalior also joined the flag-off event virtually.

Speaking on the occasion, Scindia said “I would like to congratulate the people of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat on the commencement of the new flight operations. Besides, additional flights between the Delhi-Jabalpur route will also commence July 18 onwards, and Khajuraho-Delhi-Khajuraho flights from October 2021 onwards. We are committed to bolster regional air connectivity and take the Prime Minister’s vision of Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) to greater heights!”

The airlines M/S SpiceJet will commence operations on these eight new routes: Gwalior-Mumbai-Gwalior, Gwalior-Pune-Gwalior, Jabalpur-Surat-Jabalpur, and Ahmedabad-Gwalior-Ahmedabad route.

Gwalior is one of the first airports of Madhya Pradesh to be connected with the UDAN route and further enhancements in the air traffic led to the advent of additional regional routes. Gwalior is now well connected with Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Jammu as UDAN routes and Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad as non-UDAN routes.

The city is famous for its historical buildings like- Gwalior Fort, Saas Bahu Temple, Tomb of Mohammad Ghaus, Phool Bagh, Gujari Mahal Museum, Teli Ka Mandir, Gwalior Zoo, Moti Mahal and Jai Vilas Palace. The new routes will boost the aerial connectivity of Gwalior, the tourism city of Madhya Pradesh with the trade hubs of India, Maharashtra and Gujarat, and further improve economic activity. 

The commencement of these routes fulfils the objectives of the Ministry of Civil Aviation to enhance the regional connectivity of the Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities with the metro cities of the country. With the flag-off, Jabalpur airport (Madhya Pradesh) is now connected with Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune as non-UDAN routes and with Bilaspur as UDAN route.

Jabalpur is the administrative and educational centre of Madhya Pradesh. Home to Dhuandhar Falls, Madan Mahal Fort, Balancing Rock, Bargi Dam, Gurudwara Gwarighat Sahib, and Dumna Nature Reserve Park, the city is also a major tourist hub.

Inauguration of these routes achieves the aim of the Sab Uden Sab Juden initiative under the UDAN scheme to strengthen the established aerial network of the country while providing a catalyst to the local economy and tourism. 

Earlier this month, under the UDAN scheme, M/S Indigo airlines started another flight to connect Kolkata, West Bengal and Imphal, Manipur with Dibrugarh, Assam.

To date, 359 routes and 59 airports including five heliports and two Water Aerodromes have been operationalized under the UDAN scheme.

The number of domestic passengers is on the rise as flying emerges as a preferred, safe & time-saving mode of transport. On 15 July 2021, 1,56,450 passengers travelled on 1,450 flights. Total flight movement was 2,915 & total passenger movement was 3,12,892.

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