Air India halts Delhi-Pantnagar daily morning flight
Air India has withdrawn its morning flight between Delhi and Pantnagar within 20 days of its commencementUpdated: Jun 01, 2018 21:57 IST
Air India has withdrawn its morning flight between Delhi and Pantnagar within 20 days of its commencement.
“Lack of business” is said to be the reason behind the decision, an official, who does not wish to be identified, said.
The company will now operate flights on the route according to the old schedule, that is, four days in a week. “Air India will operate flights four days a week on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The flight will reach Pantnagar at 11.20 am and take off at 11.50 am on fixed days,” said Pawan Sharma, the in-charge of Air India pantnagar office.
Earlier, looking into the increased traffic, Air India had started the Delhi -Pantnagar daily flight on May 12. Before that, it was operating midday flights on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday since October, 2014.
The daily morning flights with 72-seater aircraft were started on the route on a trial basis. The aim was to provide the passengers connecting flight facility in Delhi. Officials’ view was that the flight will reach Delhi at 8.30 am and the passengers would be able to catch flights to different parts of the country, which operate between 9 to 11 am from Delhi.
Shiv Kumar, an industrialist of Kumaon, said, “A daily flight service was needed between Pantnagar and Delhi. Industrialists and tourists have to face a lot of problems while travelling by road. Daily flight facility would not only save their time, but they would also get rid of the problems they generally face during travelling by road or train.”
Meanwhile, the midday flight with 48-seater aircraft resumed on Friday.
Flight services between Pantnagar and Delhi have a long history. In 80s, Vayudoot started its flight service, but couldn’t continue it due lack of passengers.
After the formation of Uttarakhand, Jagson airline started its operation in 2005, but had to wind up the service after a year due to poor business.
Kingfisher started its operation in 2010 and generated good business, but it too stopped the service in 2011 due to internal turmoil. Since October, 2014, Air India has been operating successfully.