With the launch by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of a highly-subsidised regional air connectivity scheme from a Himachal Pradesh tourist resort on Thursday, you can now fly to Shimla from the national capital for just Rs 2,000.
Air India subsidiary Alliance Air will operate the Delhi-Shimla flight.
The seating capacity of airlines under the UDAN scheme will range from 19 to 78 and 50 per cent of the seats in every flight will have a fare cap of Rs 2,000 per seat per hour. The flight will be having 35 persons while going from Delhi to Shimla but while coming back it would just have 15-20 people due to a shorter runway.
The airline companies chosen are Airline Allied Services (Alliance Air), SpiceJet, Turbo Megha Airways, Air Deccan and Air Odisha.
There is also a possibility of another private airline starting from Shimla. No flights have been scheduled from Shimla since 2012. Only the chartered flights which include Army and Air Force land in Shimla.
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