National carrier Air India started services between Bhopal and Pune via Raipur on Monday. There was no direct flight connectivity between the state capital and Pune till now.
State home minister Babulal Gaur flagged off the Air India flight from Bhopal’s Raja Bhoj Airport at 8.45 am. Gaur said the capital city will develop rapidly due to its air connectivity with other cities in the country.
Air India area manager (Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh) Vishrut Acharya said this was the first time that the three states would be linked by the same flight.
“It would be very beneficial to the passengers with convenient timings. The new flight will fulfil a long-pending demand of IT professionals and students from the two states working and studying in Pune,” he said.
The flight departed from Bhopal with 38 passengers for Raipur and had 31 passengers for the Bhopal-Pune sector. “The flight will operate thrice a week,” Acharya said.
The flight will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Flight AI 9865 will leave Bhopal at 08.45 am and land in Raipur at 10.15 am. It will depart from Raipur at 10.45 am and arrive in Pune at 1pm
Return flight AI 9866 will leave Pune at 1.30 pm to reach Raipur at 3.45 pm. It will fly from Raipur at 4.15 pm and reach Bhopal at 6.45 pm.