Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu launched helicopter service between Shimla and Chandigarh under central government’s UDAN-II scheme. The helicopter service is set to operate from the Jubbarhatti airport, 22 km from Shimla.
Currently the service would be operating for three days in a week, however, after a fortnight, the service shall be available for six days a week as reported by Indian Express.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said the flight under UDAN-II would take off from Chandigarh at 10 am and would reach Shimla at 10:30 am and would fly back to Chandigarh by 10:55 am. The fare between Shimla and Chandigarh is for Rs 2,880.
Prabhu launched the scheme through video conferencing from New Delhi. In the video conference, Prabhu claimed that other than facilitating better air connectivity to the public, UDAN-II would aid in the provision of faster connectivity to the people in times of health-related and other emergencies.
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