In his meeting with union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, union health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda raised the issue of air connectivity to Himachal Pradesh.
"There has been a long felt need for improving air connectivity and strengthening civil aviation infrastructure in Himachal Pradesh," he said in a press communique here. He also said that he had discussed several proposals in this regard with the civil aviation minister and got assurance of being provided necessary support for improving air connectivity.
Nadda also raised the issue of aircraft fueling facility at Gaggal airport in Dharamsala. He said it was necessary to provide aircraft fueling facility at Gaggal Airport in Dharamsala and also to increase flights on Delhi-Kullu and Delhi-Dharamsala routes.
Nadda also took up the issue of extending the operational hours at Kullu airport. "This would go a long way in improving connectivity to Kullu which is a key tourist destination," he added.
The possibility of providing incentives for non-scheduled operators to start flights on Kullu-Chandigarh and Kullu-Delhi route was discussed. "The civil aviation minister also assured to improve connectivity and the possibility of starting helicopter services between Shimla and Chandigarh," Nadda said.
"The civil aviation ministry would explore the possibility of starting additional flights during the winter season," Nadda added.
"By improving the air connectivity, the local residents of Himachal Pradesh will benefit directly. Also, this would provide a major boost to tourism in the state. It would also give a fillip to other economic activities also," he said.