While Himachal Pradesh is planning to have an international airport, two of the three domestic airports here have been left idle without any flights after Kingfisher Airlines stopped its operation to Delhi-Kullu and Delhi-Shimla sector earlier this month without any notice.
Sources on Saturday confirmed that the ground handling staffs in Bhuntar and Shimla airports have received notices from the airline with regard to suspended operations and non-requirement of their services. The only other operator, Air India has already suspended its operations since July this year.
The Airports Authority of India had built a new terminal building for Kullu Airport a few years ago costing over Rs. one crore.
While there were around two flights daily between Delhi-Chandigarh-Kullu during the days when 'Vayudoot' was operational recalls Ghanshyam, a frequent flyer, the air connectivity has dramatically receded over the years.
President, Travel Agents Association Manali, Anil Sharma said Kullu airport was of national importance and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had approved the elongation of the airstrip to allow big aircraft to land here.
But sadly after his tenure was over, the plan was shunned altogether.
He urged the state government to take up the matter with the civil aviation Ministry for continuing the Air India flights, as the tourism industry would be badly hit due to no air connectivity.
He stressed on state government's collaboration with the Ministry for restoration and increase in frequency of the national career Air India to Kullu from Delhi.