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Having remained grounded for the past more than two years since the suspension of the lone flight to Delhi, Ludhiana got its wings back as the flight service from Sahnewal to Hindon (Ghaziabad) took off on September 7. Inaugurating the service, Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Singh Mann announced an introductory bonanza for flyers, saying that the ticket will cost just INR 999 for initial three months, which will be cheaper than bus fare between the industrial town and the national capital region.

The chief minister said this flight, operated by Messrs Big Charter Private Limited Company in the name Fly Big Airlines, will initially operate on five days in a week, but from next month, the flight will be available on all days in a week. The travel time between Ludhiana and Hindon will be 90 minutes.

The CM said the service will benefit entrepreneurs, traders and industrialists of the region and other parts of the country, thereby boosting trade, commerce and economic activity in the region. He said in the absence of a direct flight to Delhi-NCR, city residents, especially industrialists, faced a lot of problems while going to the national capital from Punjab via road. Mann said this not only caused undue harassment to people, but also resulted in wastage of time, money and energy.

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The inaugural flight carrying passengers, including MP Sanjeev Arora, landed at Sahnewal airport around 3.25 pm. The departure flight, with Arora on board, to Hindon took off at 4.55 pm.An airport official said the flight that had arrived in Sahnewal had 12 passengers (mostly Big Flier staff) on board, whereas the flight for Hindon had 16 passengers.

Meanwhile, representatives of the industry were there at the airport to welcome the flight coming from Hindon.

Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU) president Upkar Singh said they are happy that after a gap of years, the flight has started between Ludhiana and Delhi (NCR). He said it will be great for the industrialists and businessmen who have to travel to Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida etc.

Upkar said with the start of flight, they can travel to Delhi and NCR and their clients can also visit Ludhiana comfortably. He said the good aspect is that the airline has promised to operate the flight even if they have two passengers on board.

Other industrialists who were present at Sahnewal airport included Gagan Khanna and Harish Kaura.

  • Published On Sep 7, 2023 at 03:06 PM IST

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