The Centre-run Alliance Air started operating flights from Keshod in Gujarat to Mumbai from Saturday. The Mumbai-Keshod-Mumbai flight will operate thrice a week on 70-seat ATR-72 aircraft, the airline statement said.
Keshod is an upcoming tourist destination located in Junagadh district of western Gujarat and surrounded by Arabian Sea and beautiful forests.
Speaking to reporters, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said, “We believe that with this flight connectivity, availability of commute facilities will help in attracting more passengers here which will lead to increase in trade and tourism. This will boost the growth. It will help in taking Gujarat forward.”
The Union Minister also announced two new greenfield airports at Hirasar and Dholera.
“We have introduced five new flights to Gujarat – Ahmedabad to Amritsar, Ranchi, Agra, Porbandar to Mumbai and Rajkot to Mumbai. Two new greenfield airports will also be set up at Hirasar. 1405 crore and Dholera which will cost 1305 crore,” he said.
Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for the Center flight scheduleScindia said that it will open new dimensions of regional prosperity with tourism and trade.
“As per the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister @narendramodi ji, the Keshod-Mumbai direct flight under UDAN was inaugurated today in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister @Bhupendrapbjp ji. It will open new dimensions of regional prosperity with tourism and trade. Congratulations to the people of the region,” tweeted the Union Minister.