Tourism Minister recommends better air connectivity for tourist destinations

India’s booming tourism industry is aided by the transportation services in a great way. A meeting was held between Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons, Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayanta Sinha, along with the officials of both ministries for creating better air connectivity of tourist destinations in order to heighten the tourism sector.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation agreed to take immediate action regarding better connectivity after discussion with the air operators. The ministry also decided to widen the UDAN scheme to all the undeserved destinations at the earliest. The decisions also include underwriting any loss-making route if it is not already covered under the scheme. The Tourism Minister also requested for some services which will enhance the tourism industry.

The requests include daily Air India flights to Khajuraho,   a triangular flight on Kochi-Goa-Jaipur route, improved connectivity to Aurangabad for ease in access of Ajanta-Ellora caves, international flights to South East Asian countries from Guwahati Airport, international flight from Kozhikode, commissioning of Kannur Airport, opening new airport in Sikkim, daily flights from Kolkata to Shillong, direct flights from Ahmedabad and Kolkata to Srinagar, direct flights from Delhi to Kozhikode and introduction of more flights to Jindal airport for easy access of Hampi.