A small private air charter company, Himalayan Bulls, has failed to resume services to the Kullu-Manali airport after a gap of seven months. It was widely expected the company would resume flights on Friday with its eight-seater aircraft from Chandigarh to Bhunter airport. However, after an aircraft developed a technical snag air services remained suspended, causing dismay among hoteliers in the area.
Due to bad and poor air connectivity the region's tourism industry is going through a difficult time. At present only the state-owned flag carrier, Air India, is operating services to the airport with five flights a week. Last year Himalayan Bulls had seized the opportunity missed by majors in airlines sector toward Kullu, where tourists from all over the country as well as abroad visit the district to get glimpse of panoramic views of nature.
Sanjeev Kumar, a hotelier in Manali, said: "It would be good for us if the air charter (Himalayan Bulls) will resume its services to Bhunter airport because high-end tourists prefer to travel by air to the area."
Himalayan Bulls managing director Budhi Parkash told this reporter: "Earlier we had decided to resume services on Friday but due to a technical snag in our aircraft we failed to do so. However, we hope to announce resumption of flights within a few days."
Last year an eight-seater aircraft of the charter company operated flights to Kullu-Manali airport for three months, giving an impetus to the sluggish tourism industry. Hoteliers in Kullu district are now desperate for resumption of the charter services.