Air India began flights to Bathinda on Sunday 11 December. The three times weekly service to and from Delhi will be operated by Air India Regional’s ATR 72-600s. Celebrating the first scheduled service at the airport are: Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Civil Aviation Minister; Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation; Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister; and Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries.
- Air India has become the first carrier to operate commercial services to and from Bathinda (BUP), the fifth largest city in the state of Punjab in north-west India. On 11 December the Star Alliance member began three times weekly (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) flights on the 274-kilometre route from Delhi (DEL) using one of the eight 70-seat ATR 72-600s operated by its regional subsidiary Air India Regional. The Indian flag-carrier now serves 64 destinations non-stop from Delhi of which 36 are in India. The shortest route is the 230-kilometre sector to Jaipur while the longest is the 12,376-kilometre sector to San Francisco.