India is to develop its civil aviation in such a manner that it boosts tourism, logistics and create as many jobs as possible. Seen in picture are the Tourism and Civil Aviation ministers dwelling on building connectivity to all tourist attraction in India.
India is to develop its civil aviation in such a manner that it boosts tourism, logistics and create as many jobs as possible. Seen in picture are the Tourism and Civil Aviation ministers dwelling on building connectivity to all tourist attraction in India.

Udan scheme to boost tourism, provide better air connectivity to tourist destinations?

The Narendra Modi Government in 2014 post a short stint with Shripad Yesso Naik as Tourism Minister, who got relieved of the Tourism Charge while on his maiden visit to Reed Exhibitions World Travel Mart in London; got Mahesh Sharma as Tourism (I/C) and Junior Civil Aviation Minister. The combination of civil aviation and Tourism portfolio felt the hearts of the tourism industry with great hopes that Aacche Din were round the corner with better air connectivity to tourist destinations. Mahesh Sharma had the same charge for over two years. 
And, similar hopes seems to have yet again resurfaced with the new Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, K. J. Alphons making a strong pitch for air connectivity to tourist destinations at a high level meeting with the Minister for Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha along with senior officials from both the Ministries regarding providing better air connectivity for tourist destinations.

In the meeting, it was decided that the Ministry of Civil Aviation shall under-write any loss making route, if it is not already covered under Udan scheme.

It was also decided that Udan scheme could be extended to all the under-served destinations at the earliest.

During the meeting, K. J. Alphons requested for daily Air India flights to Khajuraho, better connectivity to Aurangabad for accessing Ajanta-Ellora, Triangular flight on Kochi-Goa-Jaipur sector, more international flights from Kozhikode, international flights to South East Asian countries from Guwahati Airport, commissioning of Kannur Airport, direct flights from Delhi to Kozhikode, daily flights from Kolkata to Shillong and more flights to Varanasi, direct flights from Ahmedabad and Kolkata to Srinagar and also opening the new airport in Sikkim. It was also requested that more flights be operated to Jindal Vijaynagar Airport to get better access to Hampi.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation assured immediate action in consultation with airline operators to provide better connectivity.

 

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