New Delhi - Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State for Civil Aviation General V K Singh virtually flagged off the first SpiceJet flight from Visakhapatnam to Mumbai.\n\n\n\nJyotiraditya Scindia Union Minister of Civil Aviation said, \u201cIt\u2019s the vision of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enable economic growth through better connectivity of not only metros of the country but also of India\u2019s hidden jewels like Visakhapatnam. It gives me immense pleasure to announce that today we are launching direct flight connectivity from Visakhapatnam to India\u2019s financial capital \u2013 Mumbai.\u201d\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\u201cThis will open up the potential for employment, tourism, better connectivity for students and will further act as an economic multiplier for Visakhapatnam. Through our policy of UDAN - Ude Desh Ka Aam NAgrik, better aerial connectivity is being pushed to the hinterlands of India. India is on a cusp of a travel revolution. The concept of high-volume travel at the low cost of travel is what this ministry represents. Moreover, today we are launching 38 more flights in various states of the country.\u201d Jyotiraditya Scindia said. \n\n\n\nJyotiraditya Scindia further added, \u201cVisakhapatnam is now connected with 10 cities with 302 aircraft movements as on date, and we plan to increase these numbers through various initiatives. We are committed to open new vistas & new avenues for the region. In a short span of 7 years, under the leadership of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, we have gone from 60 airports in 2016 to 136 airports in 2021.\u201d\n\n\n\nCurrently, only the Air India group operates flights on the Vishakhapatnam \u2013 Mumbai route, and the additional flight has been a long pending demand of the natives. The additional flight by SpiceJet aligns with the objectives of the Sab Uden Sab Juden initiative of the government of India that aims to strengthen aerial connectivity of Tier-2 & Tier-3 cities of the country.\n\n\n\nSpicejet will deploy Boeing 737 aircraft on the Vishakhapatnam \u2013 Mumbai route. Moreover, under the Gati Shakti plan of the Government of India, all infrastructural developments will help raise the global profile of local manufacturers and help them compete with their counterparts worldwide. It also raises possibilities of new future economic zones.\n\n\n\nVisakhapatnam, also popularly known as Vizag, is one of the oldest port cities in the country and is known for its picturesque beaches and serene landscape. The port of Visakhapatnam is renowned for being home to the oldest shipyard in India, and with a plethora of manmade wonders and natural spectacles. The place is famous for its Submarine Museum, Dolphin\u2019s Nose point, Kailasgiri Hill Park, Borra Caves, Araku Valley, Yarada beach, Katiki Waterfalls, Ikat Sarees, wooden toys, Kalamkari paintings. Visakhapatnam is a must-visit tourist destination in South India for its cultural richness and tourism vastness.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nVasupalli Ganesh Kumar, MLA South Assembly Constituency (Telugu Desam) joined the event virtually from Vishakhapatnam airport. Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Sanjeev Kumar, Chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI) along with other senior officials of the MoCA and AAI were also present at the ceremony held at MoCA.