Air India’s announcement of the inaugural flight service linking Delhi to Ayodhya on December 30 has sparked excitement and anticipation, particularly ahead of the forthcoming consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple. The daily services between these destinations are scheduled to commence from January 16, 2024.
The Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram International Airport in Ayodhya boasts an extended runway conducive to A-321/B-737 type aircraft operations, gearing up to facilitate increased air travel connectivity. The airport is set for inauguration before the momentous consecration ceremony at the Ram temple on January 22.
According to the release issued by Air India Express on Wednesday, the inaugural flight IX 2789 is slated to depart from Delhi at 1100 hours, landing in Ayodhya at 1220 hours. In return, flight IX 1769 will depart from Ayodhya to Delhi at 1250 hours, arriving at the national capital at 1410 hours.
These transportation services aim to benefit tourists and devotees planning to visit the Ram Mandir following the significant consecration ceremony.
Expressing enthusiasm about this development, the Managing Director of Air India Express, Aloke Singh, highlighted the airline’s commitment to expanding connectivity from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities across the nation.
Air India Express, a subsidiary of the Tata-owned airline, operates an extensive network with over 300 daily flights and possesses a fleet comprising 59 aircraft.
Notably, IndiGo also announced plans to commence operations from Delhi to Ayodhya airport. The inaugural flight is set for December 30, with commercial services commencing from January 6. This dual initiative by Air India Express and IndiGo underscores the growing significance of Ayodhya as a pivotal travel hub, catering to the burgeoning demand for improved air connectivity to this historic city.