New Bathinda airport inaugurated; first RCS flight operated

The new Bathinda airport in Punjab was inaugurated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on December 11, 2016, along with the launch of India’s first RCS flight operated by Air India from Delhi to Bathinda. The airline’s ATR-72 aircraft will operate thrice a week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) with tickets priced at Rs 2,500. Meanwhile, in a separate development, the Union government has accorded sanction to the Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham flight. Besides, the government is planning to construct 10 more airports in Punjab by April 10, 2017, including one each in Ludhiana, Pathankot and Aadampur, where the foundation stones are expected to be laid soon.