Sunday, December 04, 2022

From Dec 9, fly to Kullu, Dharamshala from Shimla

After much wait, tourists and residents can now avail air travel facilities between Shimla, Kullu and Dharamshala from December 9.

Under the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation’s Udaan scheme to facilitate air travel between TIER 2 cities, Alliance Air has formally announced the fares of the flights recently.

Priced at Rs 5138 for a one-way ticket, Alliance Air will operate flights on Shimla-Dharamshala route thrice a week and four times a week on the Shimla-Kullu route

The company has acquired a fleet of ATR 42 600 planes,which has a passenger capacity of 42. The flights will reduce travel time between the Shimla and the two districts by approximately 6 hours. 

As per Alliance Air, flights between Shimla and Dharamshala will operate on Monday, Friday and Saturday and the rest of the days, services will be available on the Shimla-Kullu route. While the flight from Shimla will depart at 7.40 am and land at Dharamshala by 8.30 am, the returning flight will depart at 8.50 am. Flights between Shimla and Kullu will operate at the same time.

Earlier, in November the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department had sought permission from the Election Commission of India to launch flights. However, since the model code of conduct is in place till December 8, the launch of the flights was postponed.

Alliance Air has a company target of connecting metros to virgin territories to increase its network and develop tourism to Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities. Following the disinvestment of Air India (AI), Alliance Air was formed as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) under AI holdings. After AI was acquired by Tata Sons, Alliance ceased to be part of AI holdings.

04/12/22 Indian Express

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