The maiden flight from Delhi to Pathankot was inaugurated at a function at Terminal 3, IGI Airport, New Delhi by Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation today. Vijay Sampla, MoS for Social Justice and Empowerment was also present on the occasion.
With this, Pathankot now gets operationalized as the 21st Airport under UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) – RCS (Regional Connectivity Scheme). Airports Authority of India (AAI) is the implementing agency of UDAN.
Alliance Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India, commenced operations on the Delhi-Pathankot route today with ATR aircraft. The flight from Delhi to Pathankot will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, departing Delhi at 9.55 hrs and arriving at Pathankot at 11.30 hrs. On its return from Pathankot, the flight will depart at 11.50 hrs and arrive at Delhi at 13.35 hrs. With the introduction of this flight the travel time between the two cities will reduce significantly.
This will be the 19th route operated by Alliance Air under UDAN. The Scheme was launched on 27th April 2017 by Prime Minister, when the first UDAN flight, operated by Alliance Air, was flagged off on the Shimla– Delhi route.
Alliance Air has been awarded 18 new routes under UDAN-II, which are being launched progressively this year bringing new destinations on India’s air map.