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​Finally, Indore gets its first int’l flight

Wednesday - June 19, 2019 2:23 pm , Category : MADHYA PRADESH

An important chapter starts to Indore

JUNE 19 (WTN) – Indore finally gets its first international flight to Dubai starting July 15. The beginning is not just going to be an important chapter in the 85-year-old aviation history of Indore but also a matter of pride for all of Central India because this is for the first time that the region is getting directly connected to an international destination. Indore will not only serve the people of the city and around but also cater to the aspirations of people from places like Gwalior, Jabalpur, Raipur, Bhopal, Aurangabad, Kota and Vadodara who would now no longer need to travel to Delhi or Mumbai to take an international flight.
 
To add cherry on top of the cake, Indore now gets Dubai instead of the initially proposed Sharjah as its first international destination. It holds significance for the fact that Dubai is a global fashion and tourist hub, much more vibrant, diverse and lucrative than Sharjah. Millions of people from across the globe visit Dubai annually considering it one of the best holiday destinations of the world. It is also important because Dubai is the hub of Emirate Airlines, which operates to most major international destinations of Europe and America. Dubai is a major transit point of the world connecting Asia with the rest of the world. 
 
Thus, for the Indore flyer, Dubai opens up as a gateway for farther travel to other world destinations.  Air India, the national carrier which is starting the facility, has also plans to start flights to Bangkok or some other South Asia destination from Indore in the near future if there is encouraging response on the Dubai route, though it is almost certain that there is no dearth of flyers from Indore and the region. The airline is operating an Airbus 321 Neo aircraft on the Deli-Indore-Dubai route, which will carry over 180 passengers and crew members in business and economy class configurations.

The flight, that will travel three days of the week initially, will take about four hours to reach its destination while the one-way fare has been kept a decent Rs 13,000 per passenger, though Air India is mulling slashing it further to lure flyers and raise its revenue from increased traffic.
 
Indore had long been vying for an international flight but procedural delays apart from pending approvals and technical upgrading etc. were stalling it for years even as the city has the busiest airport in the region, seeing close to three million annual footfalls. It got the ‘international’ airport tag a long way back but there were no operations ever started. Chartered flights and Haj flights flew from here but there was no regular commercial flight. Indore is also a business hub of Central India and the direct connection to the Middle East is also likely to give a boost to its trade because of a cheaper and easier transportation option.