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Air service between Delhi, Hisar delayed

December 04, 2018 05:22 AM


Rajesh Moudgil ■
Air service between Delhi, Hisar delayed
CHANDIGARH: Air passengers will have to wait longer for flights from Delhi to Hisar and Hisar to Chandigarh that were to start over three months ago. This is because the private airline roped in to operate these flights has been denied a suitable slot at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, New Delhi.

The airline was scheduled to fly on these two routes from August 15, under the regional connectivity scheme ‘UDAN’ of the civil aviation ministry, but the plan has hit a roadblock after being denied a suitable slot because of congestion at IGI airport. It had planned six flights with a tariff of ₹1,450 per passenger.

Haryana additional chief secretary (civil aviation) Devender Singh said the airline was also subsequently asked to operate from Hindon airport (in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh), which is about 40 km from the IGI airport, but it said operations from there were unviable. “Nonetheless, we are ready to float new bids shortly under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN with state subsidy,” he added.

The state government also has plans to invite non-schedule operator permit (NSOP) holders to operate on mutually acceptable routes from the Hisar civil airport, for which it would provide incentives.

The government is also said to be planning flights from Hisar to Shimla, Kullu and Dharamshala.

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