Shimla: Shimla will get back plane connectivity with the commencement of service by a private carrier from Thursday. “The IIC Technologies Ltd would commence its passenger service between Shimla, Kullu, Chandigarh and Dharamsala from June 9,” a government spokesperson said on Monday.
The flights will be started by a Hyderabad-based company, IIC Technologies Limited, under the named Air Himalaya. However, the service would be available for three destinations – Kangra, Bhuntar, and Chandigarh. It is still uncertain if the service would be extended to Delhi and further south.
Urban development minister Sudhir Sharma said only small aircraft would fly from the airport. “This will provide good air connectivity to the state besides boosting tourism activities,” Sharma said. At present, the Gaggal airport has four scheduled flights from Delhi and so is Bhuntar airport in Kullu.
In 2012, flights from the airport were suspended in the wake of soil erosion, leading to runway shrinkage from 4,100 feet to 3,800 feet.