Minister of Civil Aviation and Steel Jyotiraditya M. Scindia along with MoS Ministry of Civil Aviation Vijay Kumar Singh inaugurated a direct flight between Indore and Sharjah. According to the aviation ministry this new route will enhance connectivity with the Middle East. It will operate three days a week commencing March 31.
“After Indore to Dubai, this route will be Indore’s second air connectivity with the UAE which will not only boost trade and commerce but will also connect families living in two different countries,” said Scindia in his inaugural address.
Speaking on connectivity and infrastructure development, Scindia added, “In 2013-14, Indore was connected to only six destinations. In the nine years under PM Modi’s government, it has increased to 24 including two international destinations which is a 400% growth. Earlier, weekly air traffic movement from Indore was 320 which has now increased to 500 which is a 52% growth.”
The minister further said that In 2014, the state of Madhya Pradesh had air connectivity with only eight cities of the country, but now it is connected to 26 cities which is a 300% growth. The weekly air traffic movement from the state was 500 aircraft, in nine years it has increased to 840.
Madhya Pradesh was given 60 routes under the RCS UDAN scheme, 33 of them are already operational and 12 will be operational soon. Recently, Reva airport’s foundation was laid whereas in Gwalior and Jabalpur, a new integrated terminal building is being developed.