The Airport Authority of India, in collaboration with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, has initiated the bidding process for the airports in Bikaner and Kishangarh in Rajasthan. This move aims to improve air connectivity to these regions and introduce new flight services. According to an official statement, the progress was prompted by a meeting between the resident commissioner of the Rajasthan government in New Delhi and the secretary of the union ministry. During the meeting, discussions were held regarding the expansion and development of airports in the state.
“The bidding process will go on till July 15. By August 15, it is expected that airlines will come up to operate more flights from these two airports,” Srivastava said while referring to the outcome of the meeting of the resident commissioner in Delhi with the secretary of the union minister of civil aviation.
The official further mentioned that the foundation has urged the chief minister to accelerate efforts in improving air connectivity to cities in Rajasthan. As a result of this request, the subsequent meeting was arranged in Delhi. Currently, both Kishangarh and Bikaner airports have limited air connectivity, with only one flight operating at each airport, and even that is not consistent, the official stated. Considering the significant influx of tourists and celebrities, the official suggested that Udaipur Airport should be utilized for operating international flights.
Dhiraj Srivastava, the Commissioner of Rajasthan Foundation, confirmed that Bikaner and Kishangarh airports have been included in the bidding process for initiating new flight services. The Rajasthan Foundation is a government body dedicated to addressing the requirements and issues of non-resident Rajasthanis (NRR).
"There is one flight for Surat from Kishangarh while a flight for Delhi operates from Bikaner airport. The flight operations are also irregular. In view of the high potential of tourism in the state, enhanced air connectivity to various destinations of the state will be very useful.” - Dhiraj Srivastava.
Dhiraj Srivastava mentioned that a collaborative team comprising representatives from the state government and AAI will visit Sri Ganganagar airport to assess and address certain technical matters.
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