Alliance Air conducts test-flight to Shimla



By:Mohan Lal Verma

The national carrier Air India’s subsidiary Alliance Air Today conducted a test-flight to restart its regular service between National capital New Delhi to state capital airport Jubberhatti an official disclosed.

Aerodrome Officer Parvindra Tiwari told Himvani that the trial run of donier  42-seat passenger aircraft was successful conducted and the scheduled flights are likely to start by this month. Table top Shimla airport at Jubbarhatti, is located at 2,196 meters above sea level, has been shut for the scheduled flights since Sep 6, 2012, effecting tourists and business travelers to the state. But on an average 12 to 15 unscheduled flights are coming every month to Shimla.

State tourism and civil aviation officials said that Kingfisher was the only airline that operated regular flights between Delhi and the state. However, it discontinued operations in the state before the airline was grounded in October 2012. Hospitality industry representatives are expecting good tourist arrivals with restoration of the air link.

“Shimla airport closure for too long has hit the tourism industry badly but ow we are hoping to get the flights back on the track. It’s great news” says D.P Bhatia from Hotel Clarkes.

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Board vice chairman Vijay Singh Mankotia has raised the issue with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) a number of times to explore the possibility of expanding the airstrips at Jubbarhatti, Bhuntar near and Gaggal near to facilitate landing of bigger aircraft.

At the all-India conference of tourism ministers in New Delhi on December 30, Mankotia also demanded setting up of an international airport in the state to give boost to Himachal’s tourism industry. A team of the AAI oficials that inspected the Jubbarhatti airstrip on February 2, 2015 has decided to conduct the test-flight and about Rupees 500 crore proposal for the expansion of runway and developing infrastructure at Jubbarhatti has been awaiting clearance.

Every year, Himachal Pradesh receives more tourists than the state’s population of about 68 lakhs. The state high court has already issued notices to the state and central governments on poor air connectivity in the state. It had already asked them to file reply by Jan 5. Government officials said that landing aircrafts at the Shimla airport was a challenge, as it was one of the three tabletop airports in the country. It is called tabletop because of the deep gorges surrounding the runway. Likewise, the airstrip in Kullu runs parallel to the Beas river.


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  1. Respected Hon the Editor need a air flight Chandigarh to Shimla now Chandigarh Airport become a international Airport in summer thanks

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  5. Respected the editor on 6th july 2014 on village Bhatoli Tehsil Haroli District Una when my aunt widow mrs Sudesh Kumari village Bhatoli tehsil Haroli working in field some peoples came from Pumjab Village Bhabour Sahib Tehsil Nangal Dam attack on Smt Sudesh Kumari forced cover land when Mrs Sudesh Kumari complaint local police station Santoshgarh police incharge nothing do because he took bribe 10,000 Rupees from Mr Prem Kumar resident of village Bhabour Sahib so not good thanks now Mrs Sudesh Kumari looking for justice

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