Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday, March 13 said his ministry is working on a policy on the use of small planes and helicopters for expanding regional connectivity.
The minister was addressing a function here to mark the inaugural run of the Indore-Gondia-Hyderabad flight under UDAN – RCS (Ude Desh Kaa Aam Naagrik – Regional Connectivity Service). Regional airline FlyBig is operating the flight. It was the first commercial flight to Gondia from Indore.
“We want that with our policy regional air connectivity should bolster and reach far-flung areas. And for this, a policy for the use of small planes and helicopters is being tailored,” Scindia said.
He said Indore has been connected by air with 21 cities in the last eight months, which has pushed the number of weekly flights flying in and out from Indore to 445 from 308.
He said that alone direct international flight from Madhya Pradesh to Dubai had already been started from Indore, and efforts are on to run a direct flight to Sharjah as well.
According to an earlier statement by FlyBig Airlines chairman and managing director Sanjay Mandviya, the booking of tickets will start from March 1 and will be available both online and at the window.
The fare is also very affordable as the services will be run under UDAN RCS (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik- Regional Connectivity Scheme). The fare will be just INR 1,999 for Indore-Gondia or Gondia-Hyderabad travel and the maximum fare would be around INR 2600.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan participated in the function virtually. His wife Sadhana Singh hails from Gondia in Maharashtra. Speaking in Marathi, Chouhan in a lighter vein said, “Indore-Gondia-Hyderabad flight was special for him given that he was the son-in-law of Gondia.