Air India took another step in bolstering regional connectivity today by commencing operations to Pune via Raipur from Bhopal. Flight,
AI 9865 operating with a 70 seater ATR-72 took off from Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal for Raipur on schedule with almost full load.
Present on the occasion to launch the flight Hon. Minister of Home and Jail, Madhya Pradesh, Shri Babulal Gaur, said “We congratulate Air India for starting this flight as it will save travelling time for passengers commuting to regions like Raipur and Pune from Bhopal. The 100% occupancy on the first flight is a testimony of the demand for such flights to push regional connectivity.”
At Raipur the flight was received and flagged off by Minister for Agriculture, Chhattisgarh Shri Brij Mohan Aggarwal. The passengers arriving at Pune were greeted by the Airport Director Shri Ajay Kumar who also gave the boarding card to the first passenger to check-in for the return flight to Raipur.
The flight will operate on the route Bhopal – Raipur – Pune and back with an ATR72-600 aircraft three days a week. Flight AI 9865 will leave Bhopal at 0845 hrs and land at Raipur at 1015 hrs, will depart from Raipur at 1045 hrs and arrive in to Pune at 1300 hrs. The return flight AI 9866 will leave Pune at 1330 hrs and reach Raipur at 1545 hrs, depart Raipur at 1615 hrs and will touch down at Bhopal at 1745 hrs
The flight will operate thrice a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Air India offers a direct air link on this route for the first time. This flight not only offers a great convenience to passengers travelling between these cities, it will also cut travel time in a big way.
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