Daily Delhi-Shimla flight resumes after two years

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Air connectivity between the capital of Himachal Pradesh and New Delhi resumed on Monday after a nearly two-year hiatus.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, while going online virtually, has launched regular flights by launching Alliance Air’s new ATR-42-600 jet from Shimla Airport in Jubbarhatti.

Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation VK Singh also participated in the program virtually from Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said connectivity remains a big challenge in a hilly state like Himachal Pradesh and the state government is making constant efforts to increase air connectivity in the state. .

He said that due to technical reasons, flights could not operate from Shimla for almost two years. Thanks to the efforts of the state government and the support of the Union Civil Aviation Ministry, Alliance Air flights between Shimla and Delhi would now operate seven days a week.

The Chief Minister said Alliance Air’s ATR-42-600 jets would carry 48 passengers from Delhi to Shimla, while the maximum passenger strength of the Shimla to Delhi flight would be 24.

He said 50% of the seats on these flights would have a subsidized fare of Rs 2,480 under the ‘UDAN’ scheme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The price of other seats would be determined by the company itself, the chief minister added.

Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Union Civil Aviation State Minister General VK Singh for resuming flights with aircraft bigger from Shimla, the chief minister said these air services would boost tourism in the state.

Thakur said the state has made “tremendous efforts to increase air connectivity in the state.”

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Singh said that the demand for the resumption of air flights between Shimla and Delhi has been made for a long time.

He said Alliance Air’s new ATR-42-600 would now allow more passenger movements and these flights would be operated throughout the week.

Source: IANS

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