Tourism Minister K. J. Alphons has urged the Ministry of Civil Aviation to provide better air connectivity to tourist destinations in the country.
The Minister had held a high-level meeting here on May 17 with Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu and Minister of State Jayant Sinha along with senior officials from both the Ministries regarding providing better air connectivity for tourist destinations.
In the meeting, it was decided that the Ministry of Civil Aviation will underwrite any loss-making route if it is not already covered under the UDAN scheme. It was also decided that the UDAN scheme would be extended to all the underserved destinations at the earliest.
During the meeting, Mr Alphons requested for daily Air India flights to Khajuraho, better connectivity to Aurangabad for accessing Ajanta-Ellora and triangular flight on Kochi-Goa-Jaipur sector and more international flights from Kozhikode.
He also pressed for international flights to South East Asian countries from Guwahati Airport, commissioning of Kannur Airport, direct flights from Delhi to Kozhikode, daily flights from Kolkata to Shillong and more flights to Varanasi.
The Minister also wanted direct flights from Ahmedabad and Kolkata to Srinagar and also opening the new airport in Sikkim. It was also requested that more flights be operated to Jindal Vijaynagar Airport to get better access to Hampi.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation assured immediate action in consultation with airline operators to provide better connectivity.