Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Union Minister of Civil Aviation, unveiled eight new routes on Friday to improve regional air connectivity between Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Scindia and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan announced the launch of eight additional lines, including Gwalior-Mumbai-Gwalior, Gwalior-Pune-Gwalior, Jabalpur-Surat-Jabalpur, and Ahmedabad-Gwalior-Ahmedabad.
“I would like to congratulate the people of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat on the commencement of the new flight operations. 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,” Jyotiraditya Scindia said.
He further stated that new flights between Delhi and Jabalpur will begin on July 18 and Khajuraho-Delhi-Khajuraho flights will begin in October 2021.
“The new routes will boost the aerial connectivity of Gwalior, the tourism city of Madhya Pradesh with the trade hubs of India, Maharashtra & Gujarat, and further improve economic activity,” the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a press statement.
UDAN is the Centre’s regional airport development and Regional Connectivity Scheme, which aims to make flying accessible to the average citizen of the country.
A new flight connecting Kolkata (West Bengal) and Imphal (Manipur) with Dibrugarh began operations under the UDAN scheme in July (Assam). According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the UDAN scheme has so far operationalized 359 routes and 59 airports, including 5 heliports and 2 water aerodromes.