Domestic airline Zooom is set to resume its services on Wednesday, focusing on the Delhi-Ayodhya route. The airline plans to deploy Bombardier CRJ 200ER aircraft for this route, acknowledging Ayodhya’s status as a sought-after spiritual tourism destination. The inaugural passenger flight is scheduled to depart from Delhi to Ayodhya on January 31.
Zooom Airlines’ Revival: Enhancing Regional Connectivity
After a hiatus in 2020, Gurugram-based Zooom Airlines is making a comeback with renewed vigor. The airline’s CEO, Atul Gambhir, expressed delight in announcing Zooom’s relaunch, emphasizing the commitment to enhancing regional connectivity in India. The revival comes after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) renewed the flying permit of Zexus Air Services in September 2023, formerly operating as Zoom Airlines.
SpiceJet Expands Routes to Ayodhya: Boost in Connectivity
In a parallel development, SpiceJet is gearing up to launch eight new flights to Ayodhya from various locations on February 1. Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia is set to inaugurate these flights, connecting Ayodhya with major cities such as Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Patna, Darbhanga, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. This expansion is attributed to the growing number of visitors to Ayodhya post the consecration ceremony at the Ram Temple.
Ayodhya’s Rising Flight Connectivity: A Sign of Increasing Pilgrim Footfall
The Maharishi Valmiki International Airport in Ayodhya, inaugurated earlier this month, has played a pivotal role in the surge of flight connectivity to the sacred city. Following the Pran Pratishtha ceremony on January 22, there has been a noticeable increase in flights catering to the rising number of pilgrims. To further facilitate this, the Ministry of Civil Aviation is set to launch additional SpiceJet flight routes on February 1, 2024.
Ayodhya Airport Inauguration and Increased Footfall
PM Modi inaugurated the Ayodhya Airport last month, named Maharishi Valmiki International Airport. The airport, designed to handle 10 lakh passengers annually in the first phase and 60 lakh in the second phase, is expected to boost connectivity, tourism, business activities, and employment opportunities in the region. Reports indicate a significant surge in visitors to the Ram temple, with approximately five lakh on the first day and daily visits consistently reaching about two lakhs since then.