Jaipur: The Rajasthan government is planning to relaunch the intra-state flight service. The service was operational until 2018, but it was later discontinued due to the Covid-19 situation and other hiccups. The government is now in talks with the Jaipur airport administration and flight companies to finalize the details of the project. The passengers are expected to shell out Rs 2000-4000 for a ticket.
Under the project, the flights will be introduced for other major cities of the state including Bikaner, Sriganganar, Jodhpur and Kota.
Ex-chief minister Vasundhara Raje had launched the intra-state flight service in the state when the BJP was in power. The flight to Sriganganar was discontinued in August 2018 due to a minor mishap on the Lalgarh Jatan runway. The flights to Jodhpur, Bikaner and Kota were discontinued due to the Covid-10 pandemic. About 100 passengers used to travel using this service on a daily basis on average.
In this budget speech on February 23, chief minister Ashok Gehlot announced that the intra-state flight service would be relaunched. He set aside a budget of Rs 15 crore for this.
Currently, Jaipur has air-connectivity with only Udaipur and Jaisalmer. There are two flights for Udaipur and one for Jaisalmer.
Due to short runways, large aircraft can not be used for intra-state air connectivity. The government is planning to use 10-seater aircraft for this purpose. The government is planning to compensate companies if the commercial intra-state flight operation is not profitable initially.