Flights will start operating soon from Kishangarh Airport which is set to be inaugurated today at 2:30 PM. The airport has got the licence from Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Airport has also got permission to ply a 50-seater aircraft between Kishangarh and Delhi. Most likely, flights will start operating from 25th of October from this airport which is the 7th in Rajasthan. The airport will have six check-in counters and the capacity of 150 passengers.
The step will boost the business in this city which is famous for its marble. Tourists wishing to visit Kishangarh and nearby cities like Ajmer and Pushkar will also be benefited. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will do the honours.
Jaipur is a very popular tourist destination and it is developing rapidly as well. This means a lot of rush. The city has one airport terminal known as terminal 2 at Jaipur International airport. Before this, the city had terminal 1 and it was converted into cargo airport. Now due to addition of many new flights, the airport has come under a lot of pressure. This sometimes causes trouble for the travelers. Seeing this, the authorities have plans to make the old airport functional again. A few flights will be shifted to the terminal 1. This will help in easing the operations which will be good for both travelers and management.
In more news from the airport, the airfare between Jaipur and Chandigarh has increased. The Chandigarh-Jaipur flight used to cost INR 3000-3500 a seat but now it costs INR 4800. As the season for travel to Rajasthan, winter is almost here, the fare is expected to rise even more. This has happened because of repair work at Chandigarh airport. Earlier there were 2 flights between these two cities but now only one flight will ply which has resulted in higher airfare.
It’s time to rejoice for the travelers as well as for the residents of Bikaner! The much awaited flight between India’s capital Delhi and beautiful city Bikaner starts functioning today. The flight will take off from Delhi Airport at 1:30 PM and reach Bikaner at 2:45 PM. It will fly back at 3:15 PM to arrive in Delhi.
An airline associated with Air India will provide the service. This move is delightful for all kinds of travelers as it will save a lot of time. The two cities are separated by a distance of about 450 kilometers and its an overnight journey by train.
The intra state air services between Jaipur- Udaipur, Bikaner and Jodhpur launched in 2016 was a great success in Rajasthan! In no time now, the intra-state air service will be extended on six new routes of Rajasthan that’ll include Ahmedabad and Delhi. Rajasthan Government has given consent to this proposal and the same to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry for necessary formalities.
A letter has been sent to the Civil Aviation by Chief Secretary Ashok Jain, that states, “It has been decided to expand the intra-air services on six routes which are Jaipur-Kota, Delhi-Sawai Madhopur, Delhi-Kishangarh, Delhi-Shri Ganganagar, Jodhpur-Ahmedabad and Jaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer”
Earlier, Supreme Airlines was commissioned for operation of flights on a regular basis on Jaipur-Udaipur-Bikaner routes. In the previous Budget the CM had announced to expand intra-air services to other cities and the letter written by the CS comes in its continuance. In the letter, the CS has recommended for the same air operator Supreme Airlines to run the operations on new routes. In the letter it has also been requested that the department commence flight operations immediately after completion of necessary formalities and receipts of mandatory approvals and no objections certificates (NOC) from respective organisations by the air operator.
This initiative by Rajasthan Government in collaboration with civil aviation department will boost tourism in the desert state as Sawai Madhopur, where Ranthambore National Park is located, will get connected to Delhi. Also, Ajmer, known for Dargah and Puskhar, has also been proposed to be connected under the proposal. The two states, Delhi and Gujarat have come under the expansion of the services, which will further fetching more tourists from various locations.
Rajasthan’s Ganaganagar city is all set to expand its airstrip to facilitate intra-state air services connecting the district with Jaipur and Delhi.
Although, there is already an airstrip at Lalgarh but district administration has planned to expand it both ways for landing of commercial flights. According to sources, government is planning to start air services to the border district before next tourist season. The first flight of an intra-state air service from Jaipur to Udaipur via Jodhpur was launched on October 4 last year.
Government has tied up with Supreme Transport Organisation Pvt Ltd., to operate air services between different cities in the state. Several locations of world-class tourism, religious, historical and heritage importance would be benefitted by these air operations.
On an average, Rajasthan attracts over 12 lakh foreign and over two crore domestic tourists every year. Travel pundits hope that these kinds of air services would certainly help in giving a fillip to tourist footfall.
In fact, tourists had to travel by road and so were avoiding some places in Rajasthan. Now, with good air connectivity, tourists would be able to see more cities and spend more time in the Desert State.
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Ajmer and Pushkar are the major tourism cities of Rajasthan that attract thousands of tourists, devotees, celebrities as well as foreign dignitaries from across the world. It is due to the popular Annual Cattle (Pushkar) fair, Brahma Temple in Pushkar and Dargah of Moinuddin Chishti known as Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Ajmer. Although the cities are very well connected by Road and Rail, but the convenience of air travel demanded an airport in Ajmer. Ajmer airport in Kishangarh was, however, long due since 1982. The good news is that it is in the last phase of its completion now!
Sources added security measures like scanners and security doors are already installed in the airport and terminal is ready for passengers. A team of Jaipur airport authority had also visited to verify the standard and quality of services. Ajmer airport has already got the international code by international civil aviation organisation and it is also decided that Rajasthan Armed Core (RAC) will be responsible for security of the airport.
The airport will tentatively start trial this year in mid-July and possibly services will start from August 15 with the maiden flight to Delhi.
The airport will connect other cities like Jaipur, Chennai, Mumbai and other destinations. Some companies have already assured of providing services from Ajmer in a charter plane with 70-80 seats.
Happy Flying !!
After the remarkable new schemes for the citizens of Rajasthan, the state government has introduced an all-expense-paid aerial pilgrimage for senior citizens above 70 years, in Jaipur on Tuesday! First in the country, Rajasthan becomes the first state to offer this benefit to the senior citizens.
However, states like MP and Chhattisgarh have been offering all-expense-paid pilgrimage by trains, Rajasthan government has now gone a step further with flying the pilgrims to holy places with its Deendayal Upadhyay Senior Citizens Pilgrimage by Air scheme.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje flagged off the first flight to Tirupati Balaji with 30 pilgrims on board, 28 out of who were flying for the first time, at Jaipur International Airport
Other than Tirupati Balaji, the department will send close to 1000 elderly pilgrims in 26 batches to Rameshwaram, Jagannathpuri. The selection of pilgrims for the scheme is through lottery system.
What is the scheme?
The boarding/lodging and other local travel and ticket expenses of the teerth yatris all will be borne by the government
How are candidates chosen?
A total of 111 senior citizens have been chosen this year to fly to Tirupati Balaji. In fact, the first batch of 30 senior citizens has already flown to the temple city from Jaipur International Airport. The rest will also be flown out in two bathes, following the return of the first batch.
The move will definitely win the Vasundhara Raje government some applause from the senior citizens especially!
“The happiness of senior citizens will add to the happiness index in Rajasthan.”
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