Alliance Air commences flight services between Keshod in Gujarat and Mumbai under UDAN scheme – Times of India


MUMBAI: Authorities-owned Alliance Air mentioned it has commenced flight providers to Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport from Keshod in Junagadh district of Gujarat underneath the Centre’s regional connectivity scheme, UDAN, an official launch mentioned.
The inaugural flight on the brand new route was flagged off by Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia from Keshod Airport, which is close to Asiatic Lion’s abode Gir, on Saturday, it mentioned.
At current, it takes about 16 hours to journey by highway from Keshod to Mumbai however with the introduction of air providers between the 2 locations, the journey time will cut back to only one hour and 25 minutes, as per the discharge.
“Within the airline’s summer time schedule this yr, Ahmedabad has been related to a few cities– Amritsar, Agra and Ranchi. Equally, Porbandar and Rajkot have been related with Mumbai. Other than beginning the brand new flight route at the moment, we may even join Keshod with Ahmedabad,” the discharge quoted Scindia as saying.
He added that two new greenfield airports are additionally to be constructed in Hirasar and Dholera with a capability to deal with 23 lakh and 30 lakh passengers per yr, respectively, with a funds allocation of Rs 1,405 crore and Rs 1,305 crore respectively.
A particular route connecting Porbandar and Delhi will begin on April 27, the minister knowledgeable.
Owned by the Airports Authority of India, the Keshod airport was initially refurbished and revived within the late Eighties to facilitate scheduled operations, mentioned the discharge, including that for the final 21 years, business flight operations weren’t being carried out from this airport.
The AAI has invested an quantity of Rs 25 crores to improve the airport for resurfacing of runway, procurement of Plane Crash Hearth Tender (ACFT), new civil enclave, together with the terminal constructing, apron for 2 ATR-72 sorts of plane and hyperlink taxiway, amongst others, the discharge said.
Alliance Air was awarded the route underneath the 4.1 model of the scheme and with the opening of this new route, a complete of 417 routes have been operationalised underneath the initiative, it mentioned.
The airline will function thrice every week flights on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and deploy its seven-seater ATR 72-600 plane, as per the discharge.
With this, Alliance Air turns into the primary airline to attach Keshod to Mumbai underneath the UDAN scheme.
The brand new UDAN flight route will carry the vacationer vacation spot Keshod on the nationwide air map and provide comfort and luxury to travellers of this area, mentioned the discharge.


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