Bathinda becomes the first city with an airport in the southern part of Punjab on the 11th of December. Bathinda airport witnessed the first landing of an inaugural flight of Air India Regional ATR 72 aircraft from Delhi which boarded the Union Aviation Minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju; Union Minister of State for Aviation, Jayant Sinha; Union Food Processing Industry Minister, Harsimrat Kaur Badal; and Union Minister of State for Social Justice, Vijay Sampla.
The airport in Bathinda in Virk Kalan village was inaugurated by the Union Civil Aviation Minister, Ashok Gajapati Raju and Minister of State for Finance, Jayant Sinha on Sunday December 11, 2016. Other dignitaries present to observe the occasion were AAI Chairman, Guru Prasad Mohapatra; Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal and several BJP leaders.
It is to be noted that India stores 32 domestic airports including Bathinda airport and the government is looking forward in constructing 10 more airports by April 10, 2017 in places like Ludhiana, Pathankot and Aadampur.
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