Bilaspur city in Chhattisgarh is going to be linked by air-services from March 1 to New Delhi, Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh and Prayagraj under the Regional Connectivity Scheme UDAN.
ATR 72 aircraft services from Bilaspur to be New Delhi, will be available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
The first flight (1520-1545) from New Delhi will have a stopover at Jabalpur and reach Bilaspur at 3.20 pm. The flight from Bilaspur will take off at 3.45 pm for Prayagraj and to New Delhi.
The second flight (1600-1630) from New Delhi will touch down at Prayagraj and reach Bilaspur at 4.00 pm. It will return from Bilaspur at 4.30 pm to Jabalpur to reach New Delhi.
The Alliance Air, will operate the services for Air India.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on February 4 called on Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and urged him to connect Bilaspur to Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata by air.
The CM also asked Puri to develop Raipur as a cargo hub. The other request made was to start flights from Ambikapur and Jagdalpur to metro cities.
The Bilaspur-Delhi flights will trigger economic activities and industrial progress of the region, the CM added.
The government had sanctioned Rs 45 crores to develop Bilaspur airport, he added.