Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, on Monday launched its flight services under the Centre’s UDAN scheme in Bilaspur town of Chhattisgarh, connecting it with Delhi via Jabalpur and Prayagraj.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel from here virtually launched the inaugural flight which was given a water cannon salute at Bilasa Devi Kevat Airport, Bilaspur, located around 125 km away from capital Raipur.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, who virtually presided over the function, said so far 54 airports have been upgraded and air-service has commenced in 311 routes under UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme while the target is to upgrade 100 airports and award air-service on 1,000 routes under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS).
The minister said that air services in Bilaspur will boost tourism and trade in the region and people will have access to medical facilities of metro cities with air connectivity.
Besides, it will also benefit employees of companies located at Korba, Raigarh, Surguja, Korea, Surajpur and Balrampur districts (of north Chhattisgarh), the union minister said.