Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan flag off Indore-Gondia-Hyderabad flight. (Photo/PIB)
New Delhi: Daily flight between the Indore-Gondia-Hyderabad route under RCS-UDAN scheme was flagged-off on March 13, 2022.
Fly Big was awarded the route under the UDAN RCS-4.0 bidding process.
With this, 409 routes would be operationalized under the UDAN-RCS scheme, said the Ministry of Civil Aviation in a press release.
Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Indore MP Shankar Lalwani, Ms. Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, MoCA, and many other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Gondia MP Sunil Mendhe, Gadchiroli MP Ashok Nete, aad Balaghat MP Dhal Singh Bisen also joined the event virtually.
The airline will operate one daily flight every day & will deploy its ATR 72, 78-seater turboprop aircraft designed for shorter-distance flights on the route. With this, Gondia will become their 14th UDAN destination, and Fly Big is the first airline to connect Gondia with a scheduled commercial flight to other metro cities.
This is also the first flight route for Gondia as prior to this it was not connected with any airports in India.
Birsi airport in Gondia was established as a domestic airport which is owned and operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and it is located at Birsi Village, 12 km northeast of Gondia, Maharashtra.
MoCA has invested Rs 21 crore in the airport for re-carpeting of the runway, procurement of Aircraft Crash Fire Tenders (ACFTs), and other equipment to operationalise the airport, the press release informed.
With the new flight route, people of Gondia and its adjoining areas will get direct air connectivity between Indore, Gondia, and Hyderabad which will facilitate seamless movement of passengers between Indore, Gondia, Hyderabad and vice-versa under UDAN. With these new flights under UDAN, common people will get multiple options to travel between these places which will boost the tourism potential and increase the economic activity of this region. (Press Release)