Thursday, July 14, 2022

Alliance Air Looking To Connect Delhi With High-Altitude Shimla Airport Again

New Delhi could soon have a direct flight to the popular hilly destination and the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. Located more than 2,000 meters above sea level, it is considered a tricky airport for landings and takeoffs. Currently, it is undergoing runway extension so that commercial flights can start again.

India’s Ministry of Civil aviation is planning to launch several regional routes in the next 50 days, and the Delhi-Shimla route is on the list. Part of the Himalayan Range, Shimla is a popular tourist destination and sees plenty of travelers from Delhi and the larger North Indian region. A direct flight from the Indian capital will further boost its travel industry.

Alliance Air’s Delhi-Shimla flight was started in 2017 but had to be stopped in 2020, as the airline’s lease for the smaller ATR 42 aircraft expired. Since then, the airport only sees non-scheduled heli-taxi services. Now that the planes are expected to join its fleet soon, Alliance Air is eyeing the route again.

The Business Standard quotes Vineet Sood, Alliance Air’s CEO, as saying,

“We will receive our first new ATR 42-600 aircraft by July-end and another in September. We hope to start service between Delhi and Shimla, and Delhi and Kota from August 15 with the new aircraft. However, that depends upon the readiness of the airports.”

14/07/22 Gaurav Joshi/Simple Flying

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