MOHALI: Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, on Saturday commenced its Chandigarh-Dharamshala flight. With the new flight, the travel duration between the two destinations got shortened to one hour, with one-way ticket costing Rs 1,630 per passenger.
Chandigarh International Airport Ltd (CHIAL) chief executive officer (CEO) Suneel Dutt and Air India airport manager M R Jindal greeted the passengers on their arrival from Dharamshala by the maiden flight with roses and laddoos. They said the Chandigarh airport is getting popular among the travellers, as it is increasingly connecting more and more tourist destinations.
The flight, 70-seater ATR, arrived with 39 passengers from Dharamshala at 9.19 am and departed for Dharamshala with 31 passengers at 9.38 am. This is second venture to connect any Himachal Pradesh destination after Shimla . Heli Taxis operate from Chandigarh, shortening the distance to 25 minutes to Shimla. At Dharamshala end, the first inbound Alliance Air flight was welcomed with a water salute at Gaggal airport in Kangra district.
In all, Air India will be operating three flights from Gaggal airport in Dharamsala, including the existing two flights to New Delhi. The Dharamshala-Chandigarh flight will be daily.