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Ludhiana-Delhi air link on again: 41 passengers land at Sahnewal in inaugural flight

The flight will operate four days a week — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

punjab Updated: Sep 03, 2017 14:45 IST
HT Correspondent
Passengers at Sahnewal airport on September 2.
Passengers at Sahnewal airport on September 2.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

After a gap of three years, the air link between Ludhiana and Delhi resumed from the terminal in Sahnewal, on the outskirts of Punjab’s main industrial city, on Saturday. A 70-seater ATR 72-600 aircraft of Alliance Air — a subsidiary of national carrier Air India — landed at Sahnewal at 1.50pm from Delhi with 41 passengers in addition to four crew members. The flight took off again from Sahnewal for Delhi at 4pm with 48 passengers besides the crew.

The flight will operate four days a week — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The price of 50% of the tickets (35) has been capped at ₹2,079 under the Union government’s ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik’ (UDAN) scheme that is aimed at promoting ‘flights for the common man’. The Hindi word ‘Udaan’ means ‘flight’.

While on Saturday the timings were altered as it was an inaugural run, the regular flight will depart from Terminal 3 of the Delhi airport at 3pm and land at Sahnewal an hour later. For Delhi, it will depart at 4.45 pm.

Sahnewal airport director AN Sharma said, “The response was overwhelming, and we are hopeful of sustaining it. Deccan Air will also start flights in a month. There will be no flight in the morning as of now, keeping in view the visibility factor due to fog.”

The schedule

Flight will operate 4 days a week — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

To leave Delhi at 3pm, reach Sahenwal an hour later

For Delhi, it will depart at 4.45 pm from the Sahenwal airport

Price of 50% tickets (35) capped at ₹2,079 under Union govt scheme.