Udaipur : The union minister for civil aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju assured that all efforts would be made to increase direct flight connectivity between Udaipur and major cities . ‘ Udaipur being an important tourist destination, improved flight connectivity could spur tourism, trade and academics in the region’ Raju said on Saturday at the Maharana Pratap Airport during his interaction with Mayor Chandra Singh Kothari and others who had come to greet him on his arrival here.
Raju was here to attend a wedding ceremony. Briefing about the strategic location of Udaipur and the city being one of the top contenders in the smart city project, the Mayor put forth the minister, the long standing demand of the citizens for an international airport here. The minister said that the proposal of upgradation of the airport to an international one would be discussed at the Authority level and its feasibility would be assessed first. He also informed about the proposal of a 5 megawatt solar plant to be set up here. Airport director Santosh Kumar said around 4.5 lakh flyers had access to flight services from Udaipur in the year 2014-15 and with the recent addition of four new flights to Delhi and Mumbai two thousand travellers are benefiting on an average daily.