Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Pantnagar-Delhi air service to run four days a week

Rudrapur: Barely three weeks after the Airport Authority of India (AAI) announced a daily flight service on the Delhi-Pantnagar-Dehradun route, the air service has been made a four-day per week service. The decision was taken due to the 'shorter than required' runway in Pantnagar, officials said.

After the departure of the scheduled flight on Sunday, the air service returned to its old course of being operational on four weekdays including Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Shubham Tandon, Pantnagar station manager of Air India, told TOI, "We do not have the required runway length in Pantnagar. It is only 2,250 metres, much less than the stretch required for a big passenger flight. Further, the 72-seater plane operational here was getting a daily booking of only 50 passengers on an average. The company was facing economic losses and hence the management decided to cut-off the trips.” Air India, the air service provider on this route had on June 1 announced that the flights will operate all seven days of the week. It was inaugurated by Ajay Bhatt, MP from Nainital, amidst much fanfare. Simultaneously, it was also announced that an Aviation Turbine Fuel System (ATFS) will be installed at the airport to enable the aircrafts to be fueled at Pantnagar.
25/06/19 Aakash Ahuja/Times of India

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