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First direct flight from Kalaburagi to Hindon flagged off under UDAN scheme
New Delhi, November 18, 2020
The first direct flight from Kalaburagi in Karnataka to Hindon Airport, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh was flagged off today under the RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik).
The flight was operated by Star Air, which was awarded the Kalaburagi-Hindon route under RCS-UDAN-2 bidding process last year.
Officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) were present at the launch.
Till date, 295 routes and 53 airports, including five heliports and two water aerodromes, have been operationalized under the UDAN scheme, an official press release said.
Star Air will be operating three weekly flights on the route and will deploy its 50-seater Embraer-145 luxury aircraft.
The airline currently connects 15 routes under UDAN and with the addition of the Kalaburagi – Hindon route, there will be 16 routes under the ambit of RCS-UDAN for Star Air.
Situated at a distance of less than 30 km from New Delhi, Hindon airport belongs to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the land was handed over to AAI for development of a new civil enclave. IAF granted necessary permissions for the usage of airbase for civilian flights under UDAN scheme.
Similarly, Kalaburagi airport which is at a distance of 13.8 kms from Kalaburagi city too been operationalized under UDAN to boost the aerial connectivity of Tier-2 & Tier-3 cities of the country.
Kalaburagi, which is known for its culture and is a gateway for tourist destinations including Buddha Vihar, Sharana Basaveshwara Temple, Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah and Gulbarga Fort, is now connected with New Delhi, the capital of India with direct flights for the first time.
This will act as a catalyst to boost the trade and tourism of the region, the release said.
People from Bijapur, Solapur, Bidar, Osmanabad, Latur, Yadgir, Ranga Reddy and Medak would also benefit from the new flight from Kalaburagi, the release added.