New Delhi: Did you know that you can now fly to Goa straight from Lucknow and to Srinagar and Jammu? Or that you can take a flight from Varanasi directly to Jaipur and Chennai as well as to Bangkok? There is a lot happening in the air in Uttar Pradesh with private players flocking here.
The air connectivity to UP has increased 3-fold in the last two years, with as many as 53 connections now to domestic destinations from six functional airports in the state, against just 17 connections two years back, the state government told the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Monday. The BJP government put forward the comparison to show how it had improved air connectivity in UP after coming to power in 2017.Double the number of domestic destinations, 14 now, is now connected to the Prime Minister’s constituency of Varanasi than in 2017 while 18 cities are now connected to the state capital of Lucknow compared to only eight earlier. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s home town of Gorakhpur is now connected to five domestic destinations rather than just Delhi as earlier. Three more airports, Agra, Prayagraj and Kanpur have been brought on the commercial aviation map for the first time by giving them 17 connections for the first time. Allahabad had got nine such connections lately given the Kumbh Mela was held here earlier this year; though four such flights have now been cancelled as Jet Airways stopped operations, the state government told the state assembly.