Lucknow, January 17, 2024– In a momentous event on Wednesday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated Air India Express flight services, establishing a direct air link between Ayodhya, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. The inauguration ceremony took place through a video conferencing event hosted from the Chief Minister’s official residence in Lucknow.
During the ceremony, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath highlighted the increasing prominence of Ayodhya as a tourist destination, both nationally and globally. He commended the Ministry of Civil Aviation for its commendable efforts in facilitating the seamless arrival of devotees, acknowledging the nationwide excitement for pilgrimages to Ayodhya. Yogi expressed gratitude to Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and General VK Singh for their special focus on enhancing Uttar Pradesh’s connectivity.
Underlining the achievements in aviation connectivity during Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, Yogi Adityanath referenced the recent inauguration of the Maharshi Valmiki International Airport in Ayodhya on December 30. He expressed pleasure at the commencement of flight services between Ayodhya and Kolkata, as well as Bengaluru, following the initiation of air connectivity with Delhi, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad.
Yogi Adityanath emphasized the significance of Ayodhya in representing India’s ancient faith and the embodiment of Lord Shri Ram as a symbol of human pursuit for ‘dharma,’ ‘artha,’ ‘kama,’ and ‘moksha.’ He noted the eagerness and enthusiasm across the country for Lord Ram’s presence in Ayodhya.
The Chief Minister highlighted the transformation of Ayodhya in the past six years, including the development of infrastructure such as 4-lane connectivity, doubled railway lines, cruise services in the sacred Sarayu River, and the realization of an international airport. He credited the guidance and leadership of Prime Minister Modi, the efficiency of the double-engine government, and the role played by local representatives for the successful implementation of these initiatives.
Yogi Adityanath revealed that the UP government has allocated 821 acres of land to the Ministry of Civil Aviation in Ayodhya. He expressed support for the entire program outlined in the Civil Aviation Ministry’s plan, anticipating future possibilities.
The Chief Minister expressed joy at the commencement of air services between Bengaluru and Ayodhya, foreseeing easier accessibility to bring Lord Hanuman’s message to Ayodhya from Karnataka.
The event was attended by Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State General Dr VK Singh, Ayodhya’s Incharge Minister Surya Pratap Shahi, local MP Lallu Singh, Chief Commercial Officer of Air India Ankur Garg, State Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra, and Additional Chief Secretary of Civil Aviation SP Goyal, along with dignitaries from Air India Express and Ayodhya via video conferencing.