SpiceJet Ends Hyderabad-Ayodhya Direct Flights After Two Months Citing These Concerns
SpiceJet Ends Hyderabad-Ayodhya Direct Flights After Two Months Citing These Concerns

SpiceJet has ceased its direct flights from Hyderabad to Ayodhya after just two months, effective June 1, as reported by The Hindu. The thrice-weekly service, which commenced on April 2, was operated using an Airbus A320 aircraft. Flight SG 611 departed from Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at 10:45 am, arriving at Ayodhya’s Maharishi Valmiki International Airport at 12:45 pm. The return flight, SG 616, departed Ayodhya at 1:25 pm and landed in Hyderabad at 3:25 pm. However, passengers now face a layover at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, resulting in a total flight time of seven hours and 25 minutes for those traveling between Hyderabad and Ayodhya.

According to airline representatives quoted in The Hindu, the decision to discontinue the route was driven by poor ticket sales. Initially, there was significant enthusiasm for visiting Ayodhya, but interest gradually declined over time.

Earlier, on March 31, Telangana BJP Chief G Kishan Reddy, who was then the Union Minister for Culture and Tourism, posted a letter on X (formerly Twitter) that he had written to the Minister for Civil Aviation, requesting a direct connection between Hyderabad and Ayodhya. In the letter dated February 26, he stated, “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.”

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