New Delhi (NVI): The first direct flight operations from Kalaburagi in Karnataka to Hindon Airport in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh were flagged off today under the RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik), the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement.
Commencement of the flight operations on the Kalaburagi – Delhi (Hindon) route is in line with the commitment and perseverance of MoCA and AAI to enable the country with better air connectivity under the UDAN scheme, the Ministry said.
The most awaited route, post lockdown, i.e. Kalaburagi-Delhi (Hindon) starts today. We are delighted to open this new sector and wishing to win passengers’ hearts with this new service.#OfficialStarAir #WeCare #ConnectingRealIndia #UDAN #Kalaburagi #Delhi #Hindon pic.twitter.com/XjNKFjSX7E
— Star Air (@OfficialStarAir) November 18, 2020
Till date, 295 routes and 53 airports including 5 heliports and 2 Water Aerodromes have been operationalised under the UDAN scheme.
The officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) were present at the launch.
The airline, Star Air was awarded the Kalaburagi – Hindon route under the RCS-UDAN-3 bidding process last year. The airline will be operating three weekly flights on the route and will deploy its 50-seater Embraer-145 luxury aircraft.
It 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, the Civil Aviation Ministry said.