Sunday, September 03, 2017

Air India resumes Ludhiana-Delhi flight from Sahnewal after three years

Ludhiana: The national carrier Air India resumed its Ludhiana-Delhi flight from the domestic airport Sahnewal on Saturday, almost three years after the flight was discontinued in 2014 due to financial losses and lack of facilities at the airport.
The 70-seater ATR-72 plane (of Alliance Air under Air India) carrying 41 passengers landed at Sahnewal airport at 1.50 pm and then departed for Delhi with 48 passengers.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Pawan Kumar, assistant manager, air traffic control, Sahnewal airport, said the flight would be operational four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).
He said that from Monday onwards, it would be leaving at 3 pm from Delhi and landing at Sahnewal airport at 4.15 pm. Then it would leave for Delhi at 4.45 pm and reach Delhi at 6 pm.
“We are keeping the window of 1 hour and 15 minutes but it reaches much before. Like today, it left Delhi at 1 pm and reached Sahnewal at 1.50 pm. Timings will be changed November onwards and then it would run in the morning due to weather issues in winters,” he said.
Restarted under the UDAN (Udey Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme launched by the central government, 50% of the tickets are for Rs 2,000. “Price for rest of the tickets will depend on daily demand and supply formula. Like today, it was even available for Rs 1,500,” said Kumar.
03/09/17 Divya Goyal/Indian Express