SpiceJet announces special flight, IndiGo launches new route from Ahmedabad, ET TravelWorld

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<p>Ayodhya, Jan 8 (IANS) The newly inaugurated Maharishi Valmiki International Airport, Ayodhyadham (MVIAA) has already received more than 40 requests for landing of chartered flights for the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ event on January 22.</p>
Ayodhya, Jan 8 (IANS) The newly inaugurated Maharishi Valmiki International Airport, Ayodhyadham (MVIAA) has already received more than 40 requests for landing of chartered flights for the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ event on January 22.

In a significant boost to air connectivity for the holy city of Ayodhya, SpiceJet and IndiGo have unveiled strategic plans to facilitate seamless travel options for devotees and travellers. SpiceJet has announced a special flight operation from Delhi to Ayodhya on January 21, 2024, exclusively for passengers attending the historic ‘Pran Pratishta‘ ceremony, while IndiGo has launched a new route to Ayodhya from Ahmedabad starting January 11. The SpiceJet flight is only for passengers attending the historic ‘Pran Pratishta’ ceremony at the Shri Ram Temple on January 22. The airline will operate a return flight on the same day. Departing from Delhi at 1:30 pm and reaching Ayodhya by 3 pm, the return flight on the following day is scheduled at 5 pm, landing in Delhi at 6:30 pm.

Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director of SpiceJet, expressed the airline’s deep honor in connecting devotees to this momentous event and affirmed SpiceJet’s commitment to expanding air connectivity to Ayodhya, connecting the holy city to multiple destinations across the country.

In parallel, IndiGo has commenced operations between Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, effective from January 11, 2024. The airline aims to enhance interstate accessibility and reduce travel time between the two cities.

This route follows IndiGo’s recent commencement of operations between Delhi and Ayodhya, with plans to launch the Mumbai-Ayodhya route from January 15, 2024.

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Ayodhya gears up for the Ram Mandir inauguration on January 22, less than two weeks away. State tourism minister Jaiveer Singh announced plans for helicopter services to accommodate the anticipated surge in visitors. While he didn’t specify the start date, he assured services before January 22, along with increased rail capacity.

Vinay Malhotra, Head of Global Sales at IndiGo, highlighted the significance of this new route, connecting Ayodhya with key cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai, contributing to business opportunities, travel, tourism, and economic growth.Both airlines express their commitment to enhancing connectivity to Ayodhya, marking a significant stride in promoting accessibility to this sacred destination. SpiceJet and IndiGo’s strategic initiatives align with the growing demand for air travel to Ayodhya and underline their dedication to facilitating smooth journeys for pilgrims and travellers alike.

The increased connectivity is poised to contribute to the socio-economic development of the region and cater to the religious, cultural, and historical significance of Ayodhya.

  • Published On Jan 12, 2024 at 07:06 PM IST

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