JAMMU, FEB 27: Minister of State for Education, Tourism and Culture, Priya Sethi today inaugurated Jammu-Bathinda flight service from Jammu Airport under Ude-Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) regional connectivity scheme. The inaugural flight at a subsidized fare of Rs 1230 will operate on both ways. Flight 9I-611 Jammu/Bathinda will depart from Jammu at 9:15 am to reach Bathinda at 10:20 am and flight 9I-612 Bathinda/Jammu will depart from Bathinda at 10:50 am and will reach Jammu at 12 pm.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that newly launched flight service will provide easy access to religious shrines and other tourism destinations for people visiting the State from Bathinda and neighbouring regions as well as further boost the trade.
Priya said that UDAN makes air travel accessible to a wider range of citizens and also enhances connectivity with many more airports across regions. She said that rhe Prime Minister has introduced UDAN with a vision to help common people travel by air and connecting remotest of areas of the country. With launch of the flight, air services will not only remain confined to elite but common people, especially patients, will now also be able to use the service for specialty treatment, she added.
Priya Sethi said that Government’s regional airports and routes development scheme with capped-airfares has been well taken by the people. She hoped that more such flights will be started in Jammu and Kashmir where landlocked stations need better air connectivity. She resolved Government’s promise to reach out to masses in a bigger way and said that coalition Government in the State intends to promote more such schemes that will help common people.