‘Madhya Pradesh will become Air India’s hub’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jul 05, 2016 19:11 IST
Chief secretary Anthony de Sa inaugurates the new regional office of Air India in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in presence of the national carrier’s director Ashwini Lohani (left) on Monday. (HT photo)

Madhya Pradesh will become the hub of Air India soon, national carrier’s chairman and managing director Ashwin Lohani said in Bhopal on Monday.

Lohani was in the capital city to attend the inauguration of Air India’s new regional office in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. “Madhya Pradesh is centrally located in the country and would be very advantageous for Air India to operate its flights on different routes in the country by making it as their hub,” said Lohani.

He said Air India would focus on connecting the cities of Madhya Pradesh with the southern and eastern part of India. The state has 11 airports and four of them -- Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur and Khajuraho -- are operational. Raja Bhoj airport in Bhopal and Devi Ahilyabai Holkar airport in Indore are international airports.

Bhopal-Hyderabad flight to extend to Bangalore, Bhopal-Raipur-Ranchi flight to start soon

“Air India would soon start an ambitious ‘garland’ route from Kolkata-Indore-Raipur-Jaipur-Delhi. Besides, it will extend its existing Bhopal-Hyderabad flight to Bangalore to increase the connectivity with southern India. Enhancing the connectivity to eastern part of India, Bhopal-Raipur-Ranchi flight would also be started soon,” said Lohani.

The Air India chairman said the national carrier would increase its fleet size from 132 to 232 in the next few years.

It will also start new international flights (New Delhi-Vienna, New Delhi-San Francisco and New Delhi-Madrid) by the end of this year to increase its presence on the global routes.

MP to witness its first international Air India flight

MP will also witness its first international Air India flight with Indore-Dubai and Indore- Sharjah in the next two years, said Lohani. The new regional office of Air India was inaugurated by chief secretary Anthony deSa in the presence of Lohani, Bhopal airport director Akashdeep Mathur and other dignitaries

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