By the end of the month, Air Asia would connect six cities starting from Lucknow.

Air Asia has established base in Uttar Pradesh for the first time . Airline will operate five daily flights from Delhi, Goa, and Bengaluru .

LUCKNOW: On Friday, low-cost carrier Air Asia set base in Uttar Pradesh and began operating flights to three areas.Starting in September, the airline, which is a joint venture between Tata Sins Private Ltd and Air Asia Aviation Group Ltd, will offer five daily flights from Delhi, Goa, and Bengaluru.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath handed over the inaugural flight to Delhi from Lucknow's Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport.UP, the CM said, would also provide new employment opportunities for the youth in the state by focusing on the government's desire to provide seamless connectivity in the state for growth and inclusion.

Up to 63 new routes have been added recently, which will also be increased to about 108 routes, according to he.The CM praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the UDAN program for improved air connectivity to small towns, saying that the rapid growth in air connectivity shows that PM Modis' commitment is to make flights possible even for those who wear Hawaii slippers.UP had two operating airports, Lucknow and Varanasi, before 2017, while the ones in Gorakhpur and Agra were only partially operational.Air services have now been extended to nine airports.

The state has prioritized improving connectivity by means of expressways, airways, and other means of transportation, according to the government.The CM expressed appreciation to the civil aviation minister for extending unwavering support to the state, claiming that air services would begin from Aligarh, Azamgarh, Chitrakoot, Shravasti, and Sonbhadra soon.Air Asia has established base in UP for the first time.For the time being, it will operate from Lucknow, and it will operate three daily flights to Delhi, one to Goa, and one to Bengaluru.

According to a source, the Adani Group has allocated four counters to the airlines for running these direct flights.In the coming months, he said, these plans will be expanded.