On December 30th, IndiGo performed the maiden revenue service between Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport and Ayodhya Maharishi Valmiki International Airport Ayodhyadham. There is a surprising fact about this airport. This airport was built within a period of 20 months.
Constructed Within 20 Months
On 30 December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Ayodhya Maharishi Valmiki International Airport. Accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Minister of State for Civil Aviation General VK Singh, the Prime Minister cut the ribbon. The Prime Minister of India landed at Ayodhya Airport in an Indian Air Force Boeing 737 VIP jet named Rajdoot. It was designated as ‘India One’ during the flight.
Chairperson of Airports Authority of India (AAI), Sanjeev Kumar shared an interesting fact about this airport. It has been constructed in a record time of only 20 months. The AAI undertook the construction work in April 2022, when it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uttar Pradesh State Government. In December 2023, the airport has been inaugurated and has received first services.
In India, a government project can take decades to even get started. For example, the proposal for construction of Navi Mumbai International Airport was given in 1999. The Airport is expected to be ready by end of 2024. If you ask the people of Pune, they understand how hard it is to construct a commercial project.
Sanjeev Kumar said – For Ayodhya, air connectivity was crucial. The fact that it was built in a record 20 months makes us delighted. I hope happiness extends to everyone in the nation. The first phase of Ayodhya Airport has a capacity to handle 1 million passengers annually. It has ability to handle 600 passengers during peak hours. In the next phase of modernization, the runway will be extended to allow widebody jets like Airbus A350 and Boeing 777 land at the Airport. Annual Passenger handling capacity will increase to 40 lakh. It will be capable of handling 3,000 passengers in peak hours.
Initiation of Revenue Flights
Yesterday or say on December 30, both IndiGo and Air India Express operated one flight each from Delhi to Ayodhya. IndiGo performed the maiden landing followed by Air India Express. Both airlines have already started bookings from Ayodhya to various cities.
Here are the details of flights along with Bookings :
- IndiGo Ayodhya to Delhi : Daily from 10th January
- IndiGo Ayodhya to Mumbai : Daily from 15th January
- IndiGo Ayodhya to Ahmedabad : 3X weekly from 11th January
- Air India Express Ayodhya to Delhi : Daily from 16th January
- Air India Express Ayodhya to Bengaluru : 3X weekly from 17th January
- Air India Express Ayodhya to Kolkata : 3X weekly from 17th January
Source : Times of India