Flight services resume from Chhattisgarh’s upgraded Jagdalpur airport under UDAN scheme; Bastar tourism to get a big boost

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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel launched flight services from Jagdalpur airport

After the Civil Aviation Ministry upgraded the Jagdalpur airport in Chhattisgarh recently under UDAN scheme, regular flight service has commenced on Monday.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel launched flight services from Jagdalpur airport.

The ministry said that Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, would operate services to Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur and Hyderabad from Jagdalpur airport, which is named after the famous Goddess Danteshwari temple in Dantewada in tribal-dominated Bastar division.

The flight services resumed after a gap of two years after it was suspended in 2018.

The restart of flight services from Jagdalpur is expected to boost tourism in the tribal-dominated Bastar region of the state and an easy access for flyers to Hyderabad.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the move would boost tourism in the Bastar region, which is known for dense forests, high hills and waterfalls, like Chitrakot, and unique tribal culture.

The flight connectivity will reduce travel time between Raipur and Jagdalpur from seven hours by road to just about 45 minutes.

It will take 75 minutes to reach Hyderabad from Jagdalpur against 12 hours by road, the minister said.

The 72-seater flight will take off from Hyderabad at 9:50 am and land at 11:15 am in Jagdalpur and then depart for Raipur.

The flight will return the same day from Raipur to Hyderabad via Jagdalpur, leaving the Chhattisgarh capital at 1:40 pm, he said.

With inputs from agency

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