Friday, October 06, 2006

Indian skips Agra en route Varanasi

New Delhi: Indian Airlines has taken the unprecedented step of shortening the Delhi-Agra-Khajuraho-Varanasi air sector by skipping Agra altogether.
According to sources at the local Indian Airlines office, the Delhi-Agra-Khajuraho-Varanasi flight had been revived as a trial for this tourist season, when the flow of foreign tourists to Khajuraho and Varanasi was at its peak but they could not give specific reasons for skipping Agra other than citing low traffic volumes.
However, local tourism industry sources said about two years ago due to the shortage of aircraft and a supposedly low volume of traffic, it had been the only regular aircraft service to Agra, ferrying as many as 200 tourists to and from the town to the destinations like Khajuraho, Varanasi and Delhi, generating a profitable business for the company.
06/10/06 Vishal Sharma/Rediff
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