The flight operation between Lucknow and Gorakhpur will start from March 28. According to a state government spokesperson, the duration of flight between the two cities would be an hour.
“Travellers onboard the inaugural flight from Gorakhpur will be given a grand welcome at Lucknow airport,” he said. Even natives of Nepal and Bihar were also waiting for this flight to start, he added.
Officials in the civil aviation department said that UP had only four functional airports till 2017 with 25 destinations were connected with air services. “Eight airports have become operational in the past four years, providing air services to 61 destinations. As against 26 crore passengers in 2016-17, about 35 crore passengers used air facility in 2018-19,” the spokesperson said.
Thirteen more airports and seven airstrips are in the process of being readied for flight operations. The airstrips at Aligarh, Azamgarh, Moradabad, Shravasti, Chitrakoot and Sonbhadra have been selected for air services under the Regional Connectivity Scheme.
The airports at Aligarh, Azamgarh, Moradabad and Shravasti are under development while Chitrakoot and Sonbhadra airports are nearing completion.