Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and Civil Aviation Minister of India Hardeep Singh Puri flagged off Gorakhpur-Lucknow flight service today. They have also laid foundation stone for the expansion of Gorakhpur Airport terminal building in the area.
This is an important initiative by Yogi Government as with this new flight service from Gorakhpur, the number of flights to seven major cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Prayagraj will increase to 12. This will surely make travel among these cities quite convenient & time-saving for the passengers. Another aircraft will also be added to this list from April 12 as a Spice Jet flight will allow passengers to fly from Gorakhpur to Ahmedabad from that day.
The introduction of the flight is part of the Centre’s regional connectivity scheme UDAN that aims to make air travel affordable as well as available to all regions and states of the country. This scheme is jointly funded by the Centre and UP Government, which has a beneficial plan ready to be implemented in few more stages. Including the newly inaugurated flight, Alliance Air operates two flights to Delhi and Lucknow, IndiGo operates six flights to Allahabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai and SpiceJet operates three flights to Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai.
The expansion of the Gorakhpur airport was one of the targets of the Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh as the airport has witnessed a significant increase in passenger numbers owing to which the terminal building of the airport will now be expanded. The extended terminal building will be able to handle 200 passengers during peak hours. The central government has approved ₹26.87 crore for it and AAI plans to equip the airport with 10 check-in-counters.
The ceremony took place in presence of Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi- Minister of Civil Aviation, UP, Ravi Kishan- MP Lok Sabha, Usha Padhee- Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Abhilasha Gupta Nandi- Mayor, Prayagraj,. Also, Anuj Aggarwal, Chairman AAI, DK Kamra, RED (NR) were present on this occasion.
Uttar Pradesh Government’s role in the growth of Aviation services in the state has been significant as the state is leading the domestic market in aviation.
Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in India in terms of both land area and population has allotted Rs 2,307 crore for the civil aviation sector. Till the year 2017, only Lucknow, Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Agra airports were operational in the state, over the next 03 years, Prayagraj, Kanpur and Hindon Airport have been given operational status and a total of 63 cities have been connected to air services from 25 cities. Despite of this, a total of 21 airports will be operated in UP in the coming years. Construction work of selected Aligarh, Azamgarh, Shravasti, Moradabad, Chitrakoot and Myorpur (Sonbhadra) airports under RCS will be completed by April 2021. Development of new airports in Jhansi, Lalitpur and Saharanpur districts is underway.