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New Delhi, Jan 31: Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India on Friday commenced their direct daily flight operations from Bhubaneswar to Varanasi (in Uttar Pradesh) under the Regional Connectivity Scheme of the Civil Aviation Ministry of the Union government.

The first flight under the UDAN scheme was flagged off on April 27, 2017 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The ministry Friday claimed that the commencement of the Bhubaneswar- Varanasi route marks another milestone achieved by the ministry with 250th route being operationalised under the RCS – UDAN scheme.

Recently, Alliance Air also started direct daily flight operations on Jan 27 2020 on the Kolkata-Jharsuguda route under the RCS-UDAN. Alliance Air was awarded the Bhubaneswar-Varanasi route in the UDAN 3 bidding process,  making it the 58th route commenced under the RCS-UDAN scheme by the airline.

“Due to the presence of a large number of temples and the auspicious ghats of the river Ganga, people from all over the country travel frequently to Varanasi. Being a part of the Buddhist tourism circuit, this route will have a cascading effect on the tourism industry of the city as tourism is Varanasi’s second most important industry,” the ministry said in a media statement.

“The place attracts both domestic as well as foreign tourists for various reasons. Apart from being the religious & tourist hub, Varanasi city is the place of India’s one of the prominent university, Banaras Hindu University, popularly known as BHU,” it added.

Alliance Air will operate direct daily flights on the Bhubaneswar-Varanasi route. The airline will deploy its 70-seater ATR 72 600 aircraft. This direct flight will cater to the need of pilgrims, tourists, students, businessmen and, traders.

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