Indian national air carrier Air India is soon set to start direct flight connectivity between Chandigarh and Dharamsala, a report said. It has also been reported that SpiceJet will be one other entity that will render the service shortly after Air India does.
Dharamshala Airport Director Sonam Norbu said that “public carrier Air India is likely to start the Delhi-Chandigarh-Dharamshala flight in March and the process to facilitate this is on.”
“We are expecting two more flights between Delhi and Dharamshala in March,” Norbu added. The Hindustan Times reported that three flights currently operate on the Delhi-Dharamshala sector-2 of Air India and one of Spicejet.
Due to the lucrative tourist season in the now-popular Dharamshala, air connectivity is increased to cash in on the flow of tourists flocking to the small town. Tourism enterprises feel that boosting flight between Chandigarh and Dharamshala will increase tourism in Dharamshala.
“Roads in Himachal are often in a bad shape. Because of this tourists are reluctant to travel via road. Direct connectivity with Chandigarh will help save time,” HT quoted a travel agent as saying.
In the summers, during the tourist season in Dharamshala, the number of flights often goes up to an astounding six per day.
Himachal Pradesh has airports in Kullu and Shimla, the latter being the state’s most visited tourist destination. The government has been interested in enacting more facilities in Dharamshala such as cable cars, more parking spaces, better roads to ensure that tourism remains attractive at the Dalai Lama’s abode.