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NO CHANDIGARH-KULLU FLIGHT FROM DEC 2, DELHI–KULLU ROUTE ON FOR NOW

The Hush Post: Air services have been suspended by Air India on the Kullu-Chandigarh route from December 2 to January 27.  The flights will not be able to ply due to unfavourable weather conditions, the AI official at Bhuntar airport said. Bookings would be done only if weather would be favourable in the last week of January. Seats would be available only after February 1. However, regular flights from Delhi to Bhuntar would continue depending on the weather.Air India had started daily flight service between Kullu and Chandigarh from October 13, except on Sundays, although occupancy has been less than half.  The Kullu-Chandigarh flight had been restarted by Air India in October this year after a span of about two decades. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha had stated that the flight route would be made a part of the second version of UDAN scheme and the fares would be reduced further. A 70-seater ATR-72 aircraft carries around 30 passengers while departing from Kullu due to load stipulation because of the short runway. It is allowed to bring in around 40 passengers while landing at Bhuntar. The same aircraft operates between Kullu and Delhi. The airfare on the Kullu –Chandigarh route has been recently slashed from Rs 5600 to Rs 3600  for one-way travel. The locals operating in the tourism industry wanted the services to continue to promote winter tourism.

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