New Delhi: With an aim to connect the three cities of the 'golden triangle' Agra, Khajuraho and Varanasi, Air India on Wednesday launched its service to three places of tourist importance.
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, along with Air India CMD Rohit Nandan, received the flight at Agra, marking the launch of the services by the national carrier to the three cities most international tourists visit.
"With the operation of this flight, Agra is now connected with the spiritual city of Varanasi as well as an important tourist destination of the country ? Khajuraho, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its medieval Hindu and Jain temples," an Air India spokesperson said.
The flight would link the three cities of the golden triangle and facilitate easier movement of tourists to these destinations, he said.
The national carrier has been operating flight (AI 406) on Delhi-Varanasi-Khajuraho-Delhi route and the return flight (AI 405) would fly from Khajuraho to Varanasi and terminate at Delhi.
The services to Agra would be available on three days a week -- Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with an all-economy class on Airbus A320 aircraft, the spokesperson said, adding "we had 46 passengers for Agra in our inaugural flight and 28 from the Taj city".
Addressing a gathering at Agra, Singh said "this is just the beginning of our efforts to enhance air connectivity all over India by strengthening our airports and improving the airport infrastructure in the country."
Air India is offering a fare of Rs 999 plus taxes on the Agra-Khajuraho and Khajuraho-Agra route.
First Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 19:43