Affordable air travel will enhance regional connectivity: Priya Sethi
JAMMU: Minister of State for Education, Tourism and Culture, Priya Sethi Tuesday inaugurated Jammu-Bathinda flight service from Jammu Airport under Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) regional connectivity scheme.
The inaugural flight at a subsidized fare of Rs 1230 will operate on both ways. “Flight 9I-611 Jammu/Bathinda will depart from Jammu at 9:15 am to reach Bathinda at 10:20 am and flight 9I-612 Bathinda/Jammu will depart from Bathinda at 10:50 am and will reach Jammu at 12 pm.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the newly launched flight service will provide easy access to religious shrines and other tourism destinations for the people coming to visit the state from Bathinda and its neighbouring regions as well as further boost the trade.
Priya said UDAN makes air travel accessible to a wider range of citizens and also enhances connectivity with many more airports across regions. She said that Prime Minister has introduced UDAN with a vision to help common people travel by air and connecting remotest of areas of the country.
With the launch of this flight, air services will not only remain confined to elite but common people especially patients who will now be able to use this service for speciality treatment.
Priya Sethi said that government’s regional airports and routes development scheme with capped-airfares has been well taken by the people. She hoped that more such flights will be started in Jammu and Kashmir where landlocked stations need better air connectivity.
She resolved government’s promise to reach out to masses in a bigger way and said that coalition government in the state intends to promote more such schemes that will help common people.
Besides others senior political leader, Yudhvir Sethi, officials of civil aviation, civil administration and tourism department were present on the occasion.