Bangalore, Nov 3 (UNI) The world-famous heritage centre of Hampi today found a place in the aviation map of the country with low cost carrier Air Deccan launching its flights to Bellary from here.
Air Deccan would operate an ATR 42-500 (48-seater aircraft) daily from Bangalore and Goa to Hampi from November 15.
Karnataka Governor T N Chaturvedi today opened the Jindal Vijayanagar airfield in Bellary for commercial purpose to enable the landing of the flight and inaugurated the Bellary-Bangalore flight service.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor lauded the efforts of Air Deccan for making it accessible and affordable for the common man to fly.
Stating that there was a greater need to start such low cost airliners to connect small cities, he said introducing such flights to small and economically backward places was a gateway for boosting economic activities in a big way.
Air Deccan Managing Director Capt G R Gopinath said the airline proposed to purchase at least 90 more aircraft in the next five years with a vision to connect more small towns to bring equitable economic growth by integrating with the cities.
He appealed to the State Government to start ten more small airports soon in the state.
''We will use the Jindal Vijayanagar township airfield, which is equidistant from both Hampi and Bellary. The new flights will attract a good number of tourists and travellers to the industrial town of Bellary,'' he said, adding that air connectivity was sure to boost tourism in the region.
Karnataka Home Minister M P Prakash was also present on the occasion.
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