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Ranchi to have direct air connectivity to Raipur, Bhubaneswar and Kolkata


New Delhi, Dec 4

State-owned carrier Air India on Tuesday announced to launch direct flights from Ranchi to Raipur, Bhubaneswar flights from Ranchiand Kolkata from December 7.

Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha will flag off the inaugural flight, the airline said here.

As per Air India, these flights will give seamless connectivity to major domestic and international destinations.

Earlier, former Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and MP for Dharwad Pralhad Joshi had urged the Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha to take immediate steps to restore the flight services between Hubballi and Hyderabad. Spicejet used to operate on this sector, but withdrew.

The Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha has been very active in Hazaribagh near Ranchi socially and politically. He represents Hazaribagh in the Parliament.

When he moved over to the Ministry of Civil Aviation in 2016, the government unveiled the first-ever National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP). The Regional Connectivity Scheme was formulated under his guidance and is the signature scheme of the NCAP. At the launch of the scheme Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN), the minister had said the citizens would reap the benefit of development of remote areas, enhance trade and commerce and more tourism expansion.

Bokaro in Jharkhand near Hazaribagh tried to come up under UDAN, but Darbhanga in Bihar lagged miserably behind. (See: Contrasting State of affairs )

Finally, when Air Deccan and Air Odisha withdrew from the scheme, UDAN became another flop story. (See: 84 routes under UDAN scheme )

But, to his credit, the minister did somehow manage to give more flights to Ranchi, albeit, not through UDAN but through Air India. Hubballi, Patna, Gaya, Darbhanga may have to wait for their turns a little longer !


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