UDAN GETS OFF TO A FLY­ING START

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Front Page - HT Cor­re­spon­dent al­la­habad.ht­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com ▪

AL­LA­HABAD: Jet Air­ways on Thursday com­menced its air con­nec­tiv­ity ser­vice Udan (Ude Desh Ka Aam Na­grik), un­der the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity scheme (RCS), con­nect­ing Al­la­habad with Luc­know and Patna.

Ad­dress­ing the in­au­gu­ral func­tion here, UP min­is­ter for civil avi­a­tion and stamp Nand Gopal Gupta said, “Udan is an air ser­vice for the com­mon man which will speed up the pace of development and progress of the peo­ple and the re­gion.”

The ser­vice will of­fer thrice a week flights con­nect­ing the three cities.

Of the seven sec­tors that Jet Air­ways has been awarded in the sec­ond round of bid­ding un­der the Udan scheme, the air­line is launch­ing five this week.

These five sec­tors in­clude Luc­know-Al­la­habad-Luc­know, Patna-Al­la­habad-Patna, Nag­pur-Al­la­habad-Nag­pur, In­dore-Al­la­habad-In­dore, and Delhi-Nashik-Delhi. Ser­vices on the re­main­ing two routes – Luc­know-Bareilly-Luc­know and Delhi-Bareilly-Delhi – are likely to be launched once nec­es­sary clear­ances are re­ceived for the Bareilly air­port. Ahead of the launch of the ser­vice from Al­la­habad, a multi-faith prayer cer­e­mony was con­ducted and a cer­e­mo­nial lamp was lit to mark the oc­ca­sion.

The in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony was at­tended by Al­la­habad MP Shyama Cha­ran Gupta, spe­cial sec­re­tary (civil avi­a­tion), UP, Surya Pal Gang­war, Al­la­habad di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner Ashish Ku­mar Goyal, dis­trict mag­is­trate Suhas LY, air of­fi­cer com­mand­ing-in-chief, IAF Cen­tral Air Com­mand (CAC), air mar­shal SBP Sinha, se­nior air staff of­fi­cer, CAC, air mar­shal AS Bu­tola, and chief fi­nance of­fi­cer and deputy CEO of Jet Air­ways Amit Agar­wal. Jet Air­ways CFO Amit Agar­wal said, “We have been con­nect­ing In­dia with the rest of the world for over 25 years and are proud to now launch our lat­est ser­vice.”

HT PHOTO

UP min­is­ter Nand Gopal Gupta (in waist­coat ) and oth­ers af­ter the ▪ in­au­gu­ra­tion of UDAN.

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