After a long wait of all the Indian avgeeks, Prime Minister has cut the ribbon for the Maharishi Valmiki International Airport in Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Rama. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Retired General VK Singh.
Ayodhya : Maharishi Valmiki Airport Inauguration
As expected, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the newly-built airport in Ayodhya. The Airport has aesthetics showcasing the culture of India and the lifestyle of lord Rama. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was also present with PM Modi. Both Civil Aviation Ministry Chief’s Jyotiraditya Scindia and General VK Singh were also present. PM Modi cut the ribbon.
In his speech, the Indian Prime Minister said that the development of Ayodhya will help in generating new job opportunities in the region. On 22 January, the desecration ceremony of Ram Mandir will be held. He requested all the people to visit the temple after January 22nd and not on the same date. This is aimed at proper crowd management.
Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the Prime Minister asked for a World-Class airport and here it is. The Phase 1 of this airport has been constructed on a budget of Rs 1,450 crores. It can currently manage 10 lakh passengers annually. In peak hours, it can handle 600 passengers right now.
In upcoming second phase, the airport will witness a heavy expansion. Aircraft like Airbus A350 and Boeing 777 will be able to land at the airport as runway length will be increased to 3,750 metres. Total Airport area will be expanded to 5 lakh square feet.
IndiGo performed Maiden Landing
As always, IndiGo remained on the forefront for operating the maiden flight from Ayodhya Maharishi Valmiki International Airport Ayodhyadham. The flight was operated by an Airbus A320neo registered as VT-IQA.
There were 100 passengers onboard, mostly pilgrims. Onboard, they chanted the Hanuman Chalisa as well. IndiGo pilots specifically Captain Ashutosh Shekhar greeted the passengers with a “Jai Shree Ram” chant. He said that it is a matter of pride for him that the airline gave him the command of this important flight. The aircraft landed at Ayodhya Airport with a joy and bliss.
IndiGo was followed by Air India Express. When VT-IQA was descending towards Ayodhya Airport, Air India Express Boeing 737 MAX 8 registered as VT-BXB was getting a pushback. The Boeing 737 landed exactly 1 hour after the IndiGo Airbus A320neo. Onboard the MAX was the Chief Executive Officer of Air India Express, Aloke Singh himself. He was accompanied by a pack of journalists like Saurabh Sinha Sir from Times of India and Ashoke Raj Sir from ANI.
With this, the inaugural ceremony of Ayodhya Airport was concluded. The airport received 2 arrivals on the first day. Before the inauguration ceremony, various airlines had announced schedules to connect Ayodhya to 5 Indian cities.
IndiGo will connect Ayodhya to Delhi, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Air India Express will connect Ayodhya to Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata. Grounded airline Zooom Air has also asked for DGCA authorization to start services between Lucknow and Ayodhya.
Source : ANI