Bhopal: The state government has swung into action to improve the existing air connectivity at the Raja Bhoj airport in the state capital. Chief secretary SR Mohanty has written a letter to Air India as well as Airports Authority of India (AAI) to run the recently launched Indore-Dubai international flight from Bhopal for two to three days in a week.
Mohanty has also requested the AAI to operate flights on routes which were decided under UDAN, the regional connectivity scheme, which was undertaken by the Central government in 2017.
Citing a meeting organized on June 17, the chief secretary said that the issue of commencement of international services from Bhopal airport came up for deliberation with the CMD of Air India, Ashwani Lohani.
Mohanty added that the AAI was requested to prepare customs and immigration facilities only on the receipt of a commitment letter from airline operators for starting international services. In this background a requisite letter from Air India is requested, the letter added.
The letter stated that since Bhopal is the capital of Madhya Pradesh, there is an urgent need for direct flights to Dubai and the Middle East. Therefore, it is requested to favourably view the possibility of commencing international flights from the city. Mohanty suggested that for a start, the recently introduced international service from Indore may be routed via Bhopal for two to three days in a week.
Air India may also consider aerial connectivity from Bhopal to other cities including Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Goa, Guwahati, Gwalior, Kolkata, Lucknow and Patna.
04/08/29 Ramendra Singh/Times of India