FLIGHT SERVICES between Kullu-Chandigarh-Kullu started on Friday with the first flight bringing 12 passengers to the city from Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. The service was started by Air India’s regional arm – Alliance Air. Air India’s local Station Manager R K Negi told Chandigarh Newsline that 12 passengers arrived from Kullu and and an equal number then took off from Chandigarh in the same flight. The flight leaves Kullu at 8.35 am and arrives at Chandigarh International Airport at 9.20 am. The same flight departs from Chandigarh at 9.50 am and touches down at Kullu at 10.35 am.
Air India officials say a 72-seater aircraft is currently operating on the route. But, due to runway upgrade work at the airport, they can only take 55 passengers from Chandigarh and 35 are allowed to board the aircraft from Kullu. Air India officials said the response is not so good. The fare was also over Rs 10,000 (one way) after Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, along with Union Health Minister J P Nadda, recently inaugurated the flight. But now, the one-way fare is around Rs 5,000. “The services have just started. We expect a good response in time to come,” said Negi.
While the Kullu flight has started, there is no information about the Chandigarh-Bangkok flight. City residents are waiting since long for a direct flight to Bangkok. In May this year, an Air India flight from Chandigarh to Bangkok had appeared in the winter schedule of the Chandigarh International Airport. But, Air India officials say no date has been fixed about the first flight from Chandigarh to Bangkok and shortage of aircraft has delayed the starting of the flight.