1 Feb 2024

Jyotiraditya Scindia flags off Gwalior-Ahmedabad Flight; this is how aviation infrastructure in Madhya Pradesh is getting a boost

The Union minister of Civil Aviation and Steel, Jyotiraditya Scindia inaugurated the Gwalior-Ahmedabad flight route today, along with Gen. (Dr.) V.K. Singh (Retd.), Union Minister of state for Civil Aviation and Road Transport and Highways. Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Dr. Mohan Yadav also virtually joined the event. The flight will be operated by Akasa Air.

Soon flight’s frequency will be increased

In his inaugural address, Scindia said that the flight service will cover the distance of 870 kilometers between Gwalior and Ahmedabad in just two hours and will operate once a week. He also assured that soon the frequency will be increased to meet the demand. The Minister said that this air service will promote business, commerce, and tourism in not one but two states, and will also provide a new boost to the local economy.

Gwalior Airport has peak hour capacity to handle 1400 passenger

Talking about the infrastructure development at the Gwalior airport, Scindia said, “In a record time of 16 months we have completed the work of the dream project of development of new airport of Gwalior. This grand terminal building, costing Rs 498 crore, is spread over 20,000 Sq.m. and has a peak hour capacity to handle about 1400 passengers, which is 3 times more than the old airport and movement of about 2 million passengers every year will be possible through this airport.”

Gwalior is connected to 7 cities 

Scindia also talked about the addition of new flights to Gwalior and said, “If we talk about the connectivity of Gwalior, then in 2014 Gwalior was connected to only 2 cities, today Gwalior is connected to 7 cities (Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and Ayodhya) and now there are 66 flight movements from here every week.”

Madhya Pradesh connected to 31 cities

Elaborating on the aviation sector development in Madhya Pradesh, Scindia said, “In 2014, Madhya Pradesh was connected to only 12 cities and today it is connected to 31 cities. There were a total of 473 flights in the year 2014 in the entire Madhya Pradesh, which has now increased to 968 in the year 2024, i.e. an increase of more than 100%.”

Jabalpur's new terminal building

He further added, “Jabalpur's new terminal building is also being constructed at a cost of Rs 412 crore, Datia Airport is being constructed at a cost of Rs 46 crore and Rewa Airport is being constructed at a cost of Rs 90 crore. We are also constructing an airfield in Satna.”

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