On Sunday, Akasa Air began service from Lucknow. It launched two flights from Lucknow, one to Bengaluru and the other to Mumbai. Airline personnel met with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and presented him with the first symbolic boarding permit.
The chief minister said, “UP is benefitting massively from the Udaan scheme started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has allowed people from even the lowest rungs of society to dream of travelling by air. The improving air services in UP are a realisation of this dream.”
Akasa Air was represented by CEO Vinay Dubey, co-founders Neelu Khatri and Pravin Aiyar, as well as other top executives. The chief minister stated that, in addition to Lucknow, which is connected to Mumbai and Bengaluru, Varanasi should be connected to these routes as well. The Varanasi route has the most passengers, which will benefit both the citizens of the state and the airlines, he said.
He also proposed that Akasa Air begin flights from Lucknow, Varanasi, and Kushinagar to Kathmandu, Nepal.
According to him, there is a high demand for this approach in nations with a large Buddhist population. The Chief Minister went on to say that connection is critical to accelerating development. To that purpose, the government is attempting to connect as many cities as possible in the state via motorways and aviation services.
Yogi Adityanath stated that the state currently has nine airports that serve 75 destinations. Another ten airports are being built. He went on to say that Uttar Pradesh would soon have five international airports: Varanasi, Kushinagar, and Lucknow are already operating, while Jewar and Ayodhya are in the works.
“It is the government’s responsibility to ensure better connectivity for the 25-crore people in the state and to provide them with good air connectivity. Air connectivity is not ordinary connectivity but very beneficial in improving and increasing tourism potential of the state,” he said.
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