Flights from Sahnewal Airport to start from next month. In a good news for Ludhiana residents, the flights from Sahnewal Airport under UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme will start from next month. This was informed by Ludhiana Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu who met Union Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha and Punjab Officials to start the flights at earliest.MP Ravneet Singh Bittu said that the state government will help the air lines company for the better connectivity. Earlier, the flights were suspended due to loss to air Lines Company but now the state and center government will provide financial aid to airline companies if they will suffer loss.Stating on the importance of air connectivity Ravneet singh Bittu said “That industrial potential and the entrepreneurial spirit of Ludhiana suffer a major handicap due to lack of regular and reliable air connectivity. Despite structural bottleneck of short length of the air strip, UDAN scheme will ensure regular and reliable connectivity”.Punjab Government has apprised Ravneet Singh Bittu that it is actively cooperating with Union government with respect to issues like Viability gap Funding, relief on taxes on aviation fuel at refueling facilities, exemption from landing charges and hanger facility . The matter of adding additional length to air strip is also under active consideration of the state to help make optimal use of Ludhiana airport.Ever since the launch of UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) that seeks to make flying more affordable and Ludhiana being the one of the top industrial destination remains under-utilized despite having aviation infrastructure at Ludhiaan’s Sahnewal airport.
Box(With Mug Shot) – Flights from Ludhiana will boon for residents- Bittu
MP Ravneet Singh Bittu said that he has promised to start flights from Sahnewal Airport while campaigning for Lok Sabha elections. Finally after series of meetings with civil aviation minister, the name of Ludhiana was included under UDAN Scheme.Ravneet Singh Bittu said that Ludhiana will see regular flights from Sahnewal Airport from the month of June, beginning with Alliance Air and later in the month of August joined by Deccan Charters. With 50 per cent of seats on every flight capped at Rs 2,500 per seat under the UDAN scheme and applicable for flights where the distance is less than 500 km or one-hour, UDAN scheme will be boon for people of Ludhiana. Firstly Ludhiana airport will handle flights till Delhi and thereafter to Mumbai and other important cities.
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