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International Women's Day 2021: Alliance Air Operates Maiden Flight to Bareilly With All-Women Crew

Alliance Air crew. (Image: ANI)

Alliance Air crew. (Image: ANI)

Under the regional connectivity scheme, flights between Bareilly and Delhi will be operated by Alliance Air from March 8, every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and later by IndiGo.

Alliance Air has operated its maiden flight to Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh on March 8 to celebrate 2021 International Women’s Day with an all-women crew. This is for the first time a domestic commercial flight has operated at the newly constructed Bareilly Airport under the Centre’s flagship regional connectivity scheme (RCS). Flights are scheduled to be operated by Alliance Air between Bareilly and Delhi from March 8, every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while IndiGo, India’s largest domestic airline will start its operation from April 29.

Alliance Air has deputed ATR 72 aircraft for the Delhi-Bareilly route. Bareilly is the eighth operational airport in the state to get functional after the ones in Lucknow, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Hindon, Agra and Prayagraj, making UP the state with highest number of operational operates.

Civil Aviation Secretary Surendra Singh earlier said the state government has spent around Rs 83 crore on construction of a civil enclave in Bareilly. This is apart from the around 35 acres of land which has been made available to Airports Authority of India (AAI) free of cost and Rs 9.8 crore for ensuring dedicated power supply, he said.

”The area is largely unserved despite having many tourist places nearby,” a senior official in the department said.

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The area also has several industrialists who seek flights to reach business centres like Delhi and Mumbai. Sources said that the demand for these facilities had been pending for long but neither the district administration nor the previous state governments had paid heed.

Since air connectivity is being provided under RCS, the state government would give a number of sops to the airline including viability gap funding, free electricity up to 4,000 units, waiver on VAT on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) for 10 years and security and fire services. The state government would also provide road connectivity, bus services and ambulance services.