A SpiceJet passenger aircraft takes off.Reuters

An agreement was signed between the Uttar Pradesh government and private air carrier Spice Jet on Wednesday to fly on five new routes in the state, an official said.

The new routes, which will begin operations after clearances from the Union Civil Aviation Ministry and the UP government, are Varanasi-Kolkata, Varanasi-Bengaluru, Kanpur-Mumbai, Kanpur-Bengaluru, and Gorakhpur-Bengaluru.

Speaking at the event to announce the operationalisation of the new routes, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath thanked the Spice Jet management for their expansion in the state and said that under the initiative of 'Udaan' mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, air connectivity in small towns and cities had got a big boost.  

He added that earlier there were only three functional airports in the state which have now gone up to five and informed that the state government was soon planning to open up air services from Bareilly.

He said that plans were afoot to provide air services also from Azamgarh, Shrawasti, Kushinagar and Moradabad. Adityanath added that the number of flights from the state has also increased under his government.

The Chief Minister also suggested to the officials of the air carrier present at the event that Gorakhpur-Mumbai and Gorakhpur-Kathmandu (Nepal) could be real money spinners for them and that they should explore the possibilities of opening these routes at the earliest.

Under the agreement, discounts would be provided to SC/ST travelers and others as per provisions of the state government, the Chief Minister underlined.