Raipur. As a result of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel's perpetual initiative to launch Bilaspur airline service under the Regional Connectivity Scheme, the airline will start from Bilaspur to New Delhi shortly. Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, has given its consent for the same. The Airport Authority of India will soon issue permission to act on it.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel met Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, on February 4 during his stay in New Delhi and requested him to allow air connectivity to metros like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata from Bilaspur. The Union Minister promptly announced the start of an Air India flight from Bilaspur to Delhi.
Two flights of ATR 72 aircraft from Bilaspur to Delhi will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The first flight will leave Delhi and reach Bilaspur at 3.20 am via Jabalpur and return from Bilaspur at 3.45 pm via Prayagraj to Delhi. (Delhi-Jabalpur-Bilaspur (1520-1545) -Prayagraj-Delhi). The second flight will reach Bilaspur at 4 pm via Prayagraj from Delhi and go to Delhi from Bilaspur via Jabalpur at 4.30 pm. The Chief Minister had also requested the development of a cargo hub facility in Raipur. The Union Minister has instructed the Airport Authority of India to take necessary steps by conducting site inspection.
The Chief Minister thanked the Union Minister for the airline from Bilaspur to Delhi. He said that the start of air services will lead to economic progress and industrial development of Bilaspur and surrounding areas. The public too will have low-cost air travel. The state government has approved Rs 45 crore for the development of Bilaspur Airport. Out of which they have spent 21 crores.