December 13, 2016: Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Civil Aviation Minister, inaugurated Bathinda Airport on December 11, 2016. The airport will have a flight going to Delhi and back, 3 days a week (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday). Air India's 70 seater aircraft (ATR-72) will operate the flight with fare approx. Rs. 2742. Flights can be booked online at airindia.in.
Gajapathi also indicated that Pathankot airport will become operational also. It is interesting to note that so far the much needed Ludhiana airport has not been operational, which stopped its flights a few years ago. A private portal (jetsmart.in) attempted to start flights a few months ago from Ludhiana to Delhi, but suspended its flights soon thereafter.