Sunday, June 10, 2018

Centre nod to subsidised airfare at six heliports

Shimla: The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation has given a nod to provide subsidised airfare for flights to be launched from six heliports across the state for improving connectivity, a pre-requisite for promoting tourism.
“We have got the approval for the launch of flights from the six heliports under Udaan–II from the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation,” said Ram Subhag Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism and Urban Development. He said the ministry had also agreed to fund the construction of heliports at all six locations and Pawan Hans had been asked to prepare a detailed project report (DPR).
The Centre’s approval for providing viability gap funding for these flights connecting various locations within the state will help reduce the airfares, making them affordable for everyone. The Civil Aviation Ministry will fund the construction of six heliports at Kangnidhar in Mandi, Manali, Baddi in Solan, Sarahan and Rampur in Shimla. The sixth flight will operate from Gaggal airport, where a full-fledged airport already exists.
10/06/18 Pratibha Chauhan/Tribune