The Hush Post: Ludhianvis have a reason to cheer. Second flight between Delhi and Ludhiana is set to begin soon. Air Deccan website suggests that flight from Delhi to Ludhiana and to Kullu and Shimla will start from May 30 and the tickets have been sold up to June 4.
As per the time-table, the flight will take off from Delhi at 5.10am and reach the Sahnewal airport at 6.40am. The fare will be Rs 2,050 under the Udaan Scheme. After that the plane will fly to Shimla at 7am. It will take off from the Himachal capital for Ludhiana at 8.05 am and land at Sahnewal at 8.40 am.
The plane will then fly to Kullu at 9am and will take 45 minutes to reach there before taking off again for Ludhiana at 10.15 am. The fare from Ludhiana to Kullu and Shimla is the same at Rs 4,933.
The flight will then fly from Ludhiana at 11.20 am for Delhi. The website suggests that the flight will not operate on Sundays. The Airport Authority of India officials at Ludhiana said they got the schedule three days ago.
The airport’s acting director Amardeep Nehra, said, “Air Deccan is yet to inform the Sahnewal airport when it is starting the flight.” He added that Air Deccan was likely to fly DN 102 (Beechcraft 1900D) aircraft that could carry 19 passengers. The flights have Ludhianvis on cloud nine.
“Among the hill stations, Kullu, Manali, Shimla and Kashmir are my favourite. It is wonderful news that a flight between Ludhiana and Shimla and Kullu is starting and will take us there in less than an hour. I plan to go to Kullu in June,” said Abhineet Gupta, a trader.
Though, many industrialists are not too happy with the timings. “The flight should have taken off from Ludhiana at 9 am and reached Delhi at 10.30 am, so that we could meet our clients and return by second flight in the evening. If this flight reaches Delhi at 12.50 pm and the second flight from Delhi is within next two to three hours, what work can we do? We all know about the Delhi traffic,” said industrialist Rajeev Rajan.