The Bathinda airport will soon be operational with the first flight like;y to take off on December 4 after the inauguration of the airport by the Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajaoathi Raju.
The Airport authority of India (AAI) has already starting giving final touches to the arrangements for the opening of the Bathinda airport. It’s construction was completed on October 30, 2012.
Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had recently taken up the Bathinda airport opening issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Hard-pressed for time, Air India and its subsidiary Alliance Air had discreetly conducted a study for initiating operations from Bathinda airport.
Officials of the two airlines also interacted with representatives of trade and industry to get first hand feedback on the viability of flights and their possible routes.
Through the route of the maiden flight is yet to be determined, sources said, the first flight from here on December 4 could leave for Chandigarh and would eventually be conneting Delhi as its second destination, Alliance Air, it is learnt ,has agreed to press an ATR-72 aircraft into service for it.
With the Bathinda airport becoming operational , the SAD-BJP combine will project it as a major achievement in the Malwa region.
The airport had become a proverbial white elephant for the past four years as over Rs. 95 crore have been spent on its maintenance expenditure is in the range of Rs.85000-Rs 1 Lakh.
Vishwajeet Khanna, Principal Secretary, Civil; Aviation , said flights from Bathinda Airport would start shortly.