To enhance air connectivity to the sacred city of Ayodhya and facilitate pilgrim travel, Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia virtually launched eight new flight routes for Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday. The inauguration took place in the presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Minister of State for Civil Aviation VK Singh.
The newly established flight routes will connect Ayodhya with major cities such as Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Patna, Darbhanga, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.
The surge in demand following the recent Pran Pratishtha ceremony at the Ram Temple has elevated Ayodhya’s tourism potential, paving the way for economic and social development.
During the event, Scindia emphasized the significance of Ayodhya as a unique destination, intimately linked with the faith and devotion of Lord Ram’s devotees worldwide. He highlighted that the Maharshi Valmiki International Airport in Ayodhyadham has been developed to showcase the city’s culture, featuring artwork depicting stories from the Ramayana.
Scindia acknowledged the efforts under PM Narendra Modi’s leadership, noting that the operational airports in Uttar Pradesh have doubled from five to ten. He revealed plans for five more airports to become operational soon, with the total number of airports in the state reaching 16 by the end of the year, including the world-class Jewar Greenfield Airport. Scindia assured that every airline would eventually operate from Ayodhya.
The specified routes will be operated by Spice Jet. In December 2023, the Maharishi Valmiki International Airport at Ayodhya Dham, constructed at a cost of Rs. 350 crores, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alongside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.