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Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Dec 2017 10:53:19


Staff Reporter,


Direct flight operations between Lucknow to Raipur commences through Indigo 180-seater aircraft

54 passengers from Raipur boarded on the Lucknow-bound flight, on the first day of its operations December 28, Thursday saw the advent of a direct flight from Lucknow to Raipur. This was a perfect gift on the eve of New Year as there was a huge demand among the natives of Raipur and Lucknow to have air connectivity between these two cities.

The Indigo Airbus A-320 from Dehradun was welcomed with a water cannon salute by Raipur Airport authorities here on Thursday evening. When the aircraft 6E-588 arrived on the tarmac of Swami Vivkenanda Airport with 79 passengers on-board, in keeping with the tradition around the world, it was given a water cannon salute. However, only 54 passengers from Raipur boarded on the Lucknow-bound flight, on the first day of its operations.

“There is long history of relations between Raipur and Lucknow which dates back to Lord Ram. Chhattisgarh or ‘Dakshin Koshal’ is the home town of Rani Koushalya, the mother of Lord Ram. So the relationship is deep rooted in history. IndiGo started this hitherto untouched sector. This flight actually originates from Dehradun with a stopover at Lucknow. So one way a passenger can reach Raipur from Dehradun via Lucknow without changing the aircraft,” Airports Authority of India (AAI) sources in Raipur told The Hitavada.

This 180-seater flight, according to the sources, will facilitate the passengers of Lucknow and Raipur on a daily basis. The flight coming from Lucknow lands Raipur at 1730 IST and departs for Lucknow at 1810 hrs. The timings are perfect for any office going persons as it ideally suits their requirements, they asserted.

In between, the Raipur Airport Director of Swami Vivekananda Airport Santosh Dhoke applauded the efforts of IndiGo in connecting Chhattisgarh to Uttar Pradesh and in turn improving the trade and tourism between the two capital cities along with easing out the movement of passengers.

Airports Authority of India Raipur Airport received acclamations from various quarters for facilitating and providing slots for operation of new flights, he added.