Bathinda-Jammu flight to start from February 27 -
Bathinda-Jammu flight to start from February 27
Posted 27 Feb 2018 11:02 AM

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Bathinda will get air connectivity with Jammu from February 27. It will be the second flight after the Delhi-Bathinda flight to operate from the Bathinda airport.
An official of the Union ministry of civil aviation said the daily flight to Jammu will be started by Alliance Air and take a little over one hour to cover the destination. “The flight will take off from Jammu at 9.15 am and reach Bathinda at 10.20 am. It will depart for Jammu at 10.50 am and reach Jammu at 12 noon,” he said.
Bathinda will be the only domestic airport in Punjab, after international airports at Chandigarh and Amritsar, to have two flights.
As per the ministry of civil aviation, the flight to Jammu would further consolidate Bathinda’s position as trade and industrial hub. It will also provide easy access to Vaishno Devi shrine for the Malwa region pilgrims and those from the neighbouring areas in Haryana and Rajasthan.
Bathinda was selected to get the second air route to Jammu under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS) and Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik-2 (UDAN-2) scheme for second-tier cities. The Bathinda airport became function in December 2016, just ahead of the assembly elections in Punjab with a flight to Delhi thrice a week.
Bathinda airport director Shobha Bhardwaj said, “The flight using the 70-seater ATR aircraft will start from February 27. The schedule is till March 24 and the next schedule will be decided later by the directorate general civil aviation (DGCA).”
Earlier, the industry and hotel association and representatives of the Indian Army and Air Force advocated starting of the Bathinda-Delhi flight. Now, there was a demand from devotees visiting Vaishno Devi from Malwa region in Punjab and Sirsa in Haryana and Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan to extend the service to Jammu, said a ministry official.

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