Hyderabad-Ayodhya Spicejet flight discontinued within two months of launch

Six of the eight flights connecting Chennai, Bangalore, Jaipur, Patna, Darbhanga, and Hyderabad to Ayodhya have been discontinued.
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Popular Indian airline SpiceJet has discontinued its direct flight from Hyderabad to Ayodhya effective from June 1. The flight, which was operating on an Airbus A320 aircraft, was among seven other flights connecting cities to Ayodhya’s Maharishi Valmiki International Airport.

As of February, the airline was connecting eight Indian cities to Ayodhya but since then it has terminated direct flights from six of those eight cities which are Chennai, Bangalore, Jaipur, Patna, Darbhanga, and Hyderabad. Currently, SpiceJet only offers direct flights to Ayodhya from Ahmedabad and Delhi.

The inaugural flight took off on April 2, with flight SG 611 departing Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at 10.45 am and arriving at Ayodhya at 12:45 pm. The return flight, SG 616, left Ayodhya at 1:25 pm and arrive at Hyderabad at 3:25 pm. Three direct flights were scheduled for each week. However, the last direct flight was operated on May 30.

Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Kishan Reddy, who was then the Union Minister for Culture and Tourism in February 2024 wrote to the then Civil Aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, requesting flights to be connected from Hyderabad to Ayodhya.

“The immense religious significance for countless devotees has led to the demand for efficient and direct transportation to Ram Janmabhoomi. Currently, the lack of direct flight service between Hyderabad and Ayodhya poses a significant challenge for devotees who wish to travel conveniently,” he wrote.

Six of the eight flights connecting Chennai, Bangalore, Jaipur, Patna, Darbhanga, and Hyderabad to Ayodhya have been discontinued. As of the moment, SpiceJet only offers direct flights to Ayodhya from Ahmedabad and Delhi.

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