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Kurnool airport now open to passengers, comes as a sigh of relief

It was a moment of joy and exuberance for the district authorities as well as the passengers who arrived at the newly inaugurated Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy Airport in Kurnool. As the first flight (IndiGo 6E7911) with 52 passengers from Bengaluru touched the ground, district officials cheered the arrival of the first flight by waving the national flag and welcomed the passengers with saplings and mouth-watering sweets. 
 
Meanwhile, passengers too expressed joy for being one among the first to travel on the maiden flight to Kurnool. After being inaugurated by the Chief Minister on March 25 under the regional connectivity scheme, flight operations began at the Airport as the first passenger flight landed here from Bengaluru at 10.10 am on Sunday. 
 
Direct flight operations to Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam and Chennai, which began on the first day is expected to bring the region closer to the major hubs in South India. Flight services to Vijayawada and Tirupati will also begin soon. 
 
Pilot of the flight, Veera, who was born in Kurnool, expressed satisfaction over the high standards maintained at Orvakal airport. A passenger on flight said it used to take him 15 hours by bus to reach Visakhapatnam from Kurnool. “But, now it takes only a couple of hours to reach Vizag,” he added. 
 
In a special gesture, airport authorities celebrated and gave a water cannon salute to the first flight as it touched ground. A special welcome was given to six-year-old passenger Prateeksha who stepped out of the flight on the Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy Airport on Sunday morning. 
 
With this, the number of operational airports in Andhra Pradesh stands at six and comes as a breather to Kurnool which has been on the aviation map for quite some time. 

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