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Alliance Air to restart daily flights from Delhi to Shimla

Alliance Air, the government-owned national airline on Wednesday announced the resumption of flights from the Delhi-Shimla route.

The decision comes nearly 30 months after the operation of the route was launched under the regional connectivity schemes.

The airline will restart daily flights on its brand new 48-seater ATR 42-600. The resumption was planned for September 6th however due to bad weather conditions the planned resumption was postponed to September 26th.

“The last flight on the route was on March 21, 2020, but was discontinued due to COVID-19 and the expiry of lease for the ATR 42 aircraft. Now we have acquired a brand new ATR 42-600 plane,” said an airline official

The flight will occupy a limited number of passengers as the runway in Shimla is short, The Delhi-Shimla flight will accommodate 35 passengers, and the Shimla-Delhi service will see a maximum of 25 passengers.

The passenger was a part of the UDAN scheme that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched this scheme to connect regional destinations over the air. In this scheme, Shimla-Delhi was the first flight that took off.

Until July 2022, a total of 425 routes have been opened by the government, but not all are operational at present.

Under the RCS or UDAN scheme, an airline is required to sell 50% of its seats at a subsidised rate of ₹ 2,500 per hour of flight in place of which it gets financial support from the government.

According to the Parliamentary Commission on Transport, Tourism and Culture “94 RCS-UDAN routes that have completed three-year tenure till 30.11.2021, only 22 routes are in operation.”

Alliance Air’s Shimla flight continues to be under RCS subsidy, according to the official.

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