Monday, March 8 being International Women’s Day saw the inaugural flight on the Delhi-Bareilly sector with an all-women crew being flagged off by the Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri.
Delhi-Bareilly In Under 1 Hour
The duration of the newly-operationalised Delhi-Bareilly flight is under 60 minutes. The same journey by road takes 6 hours while the journey via train is covered in four hours.
The Delhi-Bareilly-Delhi flight will be available four days a week, the ticket for which has been priced at Rs. 1,954, said Mr. Puri in a Tweet.
The Trishul Military Airbase, Bareilly Airport has been upgraded for commercial flight operations under the government’s ‘Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN)’. It became the 56th airport to be operationalised under the UDAN scheme in India and eight in Uttar Pradesh. Other airports in UP under the regional connectivity scheme are Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Hindon, Agra and Prayagraj.
#AAI‘s Bareilly @AAIBLYAIRPORT1 today welcomed the inaugural flight of @allianceair from @DelhiAirport under RCS #UDAN. The flight had an all-women crew. #InternationalWomensDay pic.twitter.com/obAUYkM4YI
— Airports Authority of India (@AAI_Official) March 8, 2021
Santosh Gangwar, MoS, I/C, Labour and Employment and Member of Parliament, Bareilly graced the event at the Delhi Airport by flagging off the All Women Crew operated Delhi – Bareilly Inaugural Flight on the International Women’s Day. Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary, MoCA and Shri Rajiv Bansal, CMD, Air India joined virtually. Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) was present at the event. Other senior officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) & Airport Authority of India (AAI) also attended the event virtually.
Now people can fly at ease by opting for a flight of 60 mins from Delhi to Bareilly while earlier they were forced to opt for a road travel of more than 6 hours or a train journey of more than 4 hours.
Trishul Military Airbase, Bareilly belongs to the Indian Air Force and the land was handed over to the Airport Authority of India for construction of the interim civil aviation operations.
The Government of India sanctioned Rs. 88 Crore under the UDAN scheme for the development of the interim civil aviation operations. The upgradation was undertaken by the AAI with a cost of Rs. 65 Crore.
Alliance Air was awarded the Delhi-Bareilly route under the UDAN-4 bidding process last year. The airline will be deploying its ATR 72 600 aircraft having a seating capacity of 70 seats on this route.
To date, 325 routes and 56 airports including 5 heliports and 2 Water Aerodromes have been operationalized under the UDAN scheme. To keep the fares accessible for the common man, financial incentives in the form of Viability Gap Funding (VGF) is being provided under the UDAN scheme from the Centre, State governments and airport operators to selected airlines to encourage operations from unserved and underserved airports under the scheme.
This aerial connectivity will fulfill the aspirations of the lakhs of people who visit Bareilly for the NathNagri (known for the four Shiva temples located in four corners of the region – DhopeshwarNath, MadniNath, AlakhaNath and TrivatiNath), Ala Hazrat, Shah Sharafat Miyan and Khankahe Niyazia, Zari nagari and historically important sites like as Sanjashya (where the Buddha descended from Tushita to earth).
The city is also a center for furniture manufacturing and cotton, cereal and sugar trading. This air connectivity will fulfil the aspirations of people of Bareilly and the entire Uttar Pradesh state. Apart from enhancing the aerial the aerial connectivity of the region, the flight operations will provide additional benefits to the trade, tourism, and local economy.
Apart from this flight, Alliance Air also operated 11 more flights with all women crew on its network in the country’s all four regions (North, South, East, and West). On Monday Alliance Air flights were operated by all women crew consisting of first woman CEO, women pilots & women cabin crew, women engineers, women flight despatchers, women ground handling, women security & women ATC. All women passengers aboard Alliance Air flights participated in a lucky draw coupon contest where the winner will receive complimentary tickets.