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Day after inauguration, Kullu-Chandigarh Air India flight awaits nod from Delhi

The airline’s in-charge for Kullu, Dinesh Bhardwaj, said he has been receiving many calls about the Kullu-Chandigarh flight. “The notification is awaited and expected soon,” he said.

punjab Updated: Oct 07, 2017 18:12 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Day after inauguration,Kullu-Chandigarh Air India flight,Kullu-Chandigarh
The Kullu-Chandigarh flight was flagged off by Union minsters JP Nadda (right) and Jayant Sinha (centre) on Thursday.(HT File )

Air India’s Chandigarh-Kullu flight, that was flagged off from Kullu by senior Union ministers JP Nadda and Jayant Sinha on Thursday, has not been alloted a permanent schedule.

The flight did not operate on Friday. Speaking to HT, Air India’s local manager, RK Negi, said Thursday’s launch was a trial run. “I can't say when the flight will start on a regular basis because a notification from the head office in this regard is awaited. It will be open for public booking only after we receive an official communication from Delhi,” he said.

The airline’s in-charge for Kullu, Dinesh Bhardwaj, said he has been receiving many calls about the flight. “The notification is awaited and expected soon,” he said.

The flight is expected to operate seven days a week and passengers may take the connecting flight from Chandigarh to New Delhi. The flight time will be 45 minutes and a one-way ticket will cost approximately Rs 4,500.

Flight launch an election stunt: Congress

Meanwhile, the Congress in Himachal Pradesh has termed Thursday’s launch as an “election stunt” by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ahead of the assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh.

Congress spokesperson in Shimla, Naresh Chauhan, said considering the fact that senior Union ministers were involved in the launch, the flight should have been flagged off only after a permanent schedule was charted for it.

“It seems the BJP is desperate to drive mileage ahead of the polls,” he said. Meanwhile, Satpal Singh Satti, BJP’s Himachal Pradesh president, claimed ignorance about the matter. He however said that if something has been inaugurated, it will also be started.

On Thursday, a 72-seater ATR aircraft of Alliance Air—a subsidiary of Air India—took off from the Bhuntar airport in Kullu at 8:35 am and returned from Chandigarh at 9:50 am.Presently, Himachal Pradesh has airports in Shimla, Gaggal (Kangra) and Bhuntar (Kullu). Air connectivity between Shimla and New Delhi was re-established in April.

First Published: Oct 07, 2017 13:41 IST