Under the Udan scheme, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, Vidhan Sabha Speaker Premchand Aggarwal and Cabinet Minister Prakash Pant jointly flagged off the Dehradun to Pantnagar air service at Jolly Grant Airport on Friday. This service will prove to be very important for connectivity between Garhwal and Kumaon. Chief Minister said that along with Jolly Grant Airport, air strip will be made at Pantnagar, Chinyalisaur, Naini-Saini, Gauchar and Chaukhutia and these will be expanded. Being a border state, from strategic point of view, special emphasis is being laid on the expansion of Air Strips. Chief Minister also expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this. Earlier, Chief Minister inaugurated the programme by lighting the traditional lamp and held discussions with Air India CMD Pradeep Singh Kharola and other officials. Chief Minister handed over air ticket tickets to the passengers and conveyed his best wishes.
Air India CMD Pradeep Singh Kharola said that Air India’s wholly-owned subsidiary company Alliance Air under the Indian Government mission “Connecting India”, under the Udan scheme, for the improvement in the regional connectivity, air flight from Dehradun to Pantnagar and return has been started. With the start of this flight, the long-standing demand for providing easy access to the passengers has been fulfilled. Alliance Air has started operating ATR 42 Aeroplane on Pantnagar-Dehradun-Pantnagar route. The seat capacity of the ATR Aeroplane is 42. Flight number 91-823 will depart from Pantnagar on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 13.40 hrs and will arrive in Dehradun at 14.40 hrs. The return flight will depart from Dehradun at 15.05 hrs on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and will arrive at Pantnagar at 15.55 hrs. The fare (all inclusive) for Dehradun/Pantnagar Sector is Rs 1590. Alliance Air also has a direct flight from Pantnagar to New Delhi. With this flight, the passengers traveling between these cities will be having utmost comfort and there will be significant reduction in travel time.