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Air India Kullu-Delhi fare hike

Ahead of tourist season, the Air India has once again hiked the airfare between Kullu and Delhi to Rs 18,500 for one-way travel.
Dipti Thakur, the traveller said the airline was charging inflated fare for the one-hour flight. Moreover, Elleghit , a foreign tourist, said I and my friends were not able to secure a ticket for travelling from Kullu to Delhi because no online facility was provided by them.
Due to the onset of summers, heavy booking is coming even for a full fare of Rs 18,507, station manager confirmed.
Recently, the Kullu-Manali Airport at Bhuntar was included under UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) scheme to make flying more affordable for the masses. However, no new players and even the existing Air India showed any interest in flying to any of the three airports in Himachal at the subsidised rates.
Meanwhile, Air India was not able to start its proposed operation between Chandigarh and Kullu. The authorities said slots were not available for this sector during the existent schedule. The executives of the airline said so far, there was no development on the proposed new flight with a small aircraft on Delhi-Shimla sector as well.
The airfares should be regulated so that the government can ensure public benefits and prevent fleecing of customers by the airlines, he added.
The stakeholders of the tourism industry allege that hefty fares and a limited number of seats were having an adverse impact on the tourist arrivals in Kullu.

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