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Vijayawada enters international aviation map

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati 

: entered the international map Tuesday when the maiden A320 flight took off for from the airport at Gannavaram.

of India M flagged off the inaugural flight in the presence of Union Civil Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, for Civil Jayant Sinha, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and a host of other dignitaries.

"This is only a beginning and will have more international flights in the near future, said on the occasion.

The new air connectivity between and would increase Indias reach in south-and the state would become an aviation gateway between the two prospering regions. It would also boost tourism, the said.

He asked various to partner with the Centre in a true 'Team India spirit' for building a prosperous and inclusive 'New India' by creating the right ecosystem for the growth of various sectors.

The aviation sector, noted, not only played a key role in promoting connectivity and creating jobs, but also was an

"It indeed is the most vital sector for linking businesses, bringing people together and promoting tourism worldwide," he added.

Stating that infrastructure is vital for development, the said that the Centre was bestowing special attention on the aviation sector, due to which public investments in infrastructure projects of aviation and other sectors increased substantially.

The government set aside a sum of Rs 18.35 crore as viability gap fund for six months to operate the 180-seater Vijayawada-non-stop flight twice a week.

The has already paid Rs 3,05,87,220 to as advance for the first month flights.

The government set Rs 18,881 as 'indicative price' (return fare) per seat and the VGF was accordingly worked out.

The flight from Singapore landed at airport at 4.15 pm, carrying about 150 passengers.

The Vijayawada-Singapore flight had over 80 passengers flying to the City-State from Andhra Pradeshs capital region Amaravati.

The Vijayawada airport, which is the lone airport in the capital region, is now second in the state after Visakhapatnam to have international flights.

The Vijayawada-Singapore return flights will be operated on Tuesday and Thursday every week.

Meanwhile, the Vice-President conducted the bhumi puja for the construction of the integrated terminal building at

The 35,000 sq m, Rs 611 crore building will have a peak passenger handling capacity of 1200 with 24 check-in counters.

Venkaiah Naidu said the new integrated terminal building was planned incorporating green building features like eco-friendly sustainable building material.

"I am happy to note this and appreciate the authorities for adopting in constructing the new integrated terminal in the Vijayawada airport," he said.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 20:10 IST