The metro city of Madhya Pradesh the Indore has achieved the distinction of being the first International Airport of the state. The ‘Nav Bharat’ carried out sustained campaign for it and ultimately it became a reality and pride of Madhya Pradesh on July 15, when first international flight took to wings at 4.46 in the evening and reached the destination Dubai 7.15 pm just after 2 and half hour flight.
The first batch of passenger were given ceremonial send off at Indore with putting on Malvi turban and also received warmly at the Dubai Airport. It was Air India flight by 162 seater plane. The Pilot Commander was Indore born Mr.Sunish Bhargava, who took the opportunity as his good luck.
Export of vegetables to Gulf nations is one of the major export items and regular business. Most of it is lifted as air cargo from Mumbai Airport. With regular Indore-Dubai flight the vegetable export from Indore in huge quantity will boost the economy of vegetable growers around Indore bringing properties to both vegetable cultivators and the Airlines.
To meet the requirement and standard of International Airport the Indore Airport Terminal is being developed with a cost Rs.476 crores. The state has Khajuraho as international tourist destination with a regular flight of Delhi-Agra-Khajuraho and Varanasi.
The Chief Minister Mr.Kamal Nath is very keen in providing civil air services in the state. In his Government first budget the air connectivity at Ujjain, Datia, Rewa and Chhindwara announced. The state has airports at Gwalior, Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur and Khajuraho. It are connected with air services but often withdrawn and again resumed. The first regular flight of the Indian Airline was Delhi-Bhopal and Nagpur.
The state has two Indian Air Force Base Airports at Gwalior and at Amla (Betul). The Amla is wholly for Air Force purposes but Air Force allows with time limit the civil aviation flights from Gwalior.
In recent Air attack inside the Pakistan on Jaishe-e-Mohammad terrorist camps in Balakot, Quetta at three places the IAF fighter Miraj planes took off from Gwalior and bombarded the terrorist camps and come back safely.
In this era speedy transport is very essential and this can be provided only by the civil aviation. Recently in India two big airlines the Kingfisher of Vijay Mallya and Jet Airlines of Mr.Naresh Goel incurred huge losses and closed down. The Government must create conditions for the viability and progress of airlines.