As a single operator, Alliance Air tries to capitalize on the surge in demand; the exorbitant prices on flights from Delhi to Kullu threaten to dampen some holiday travel spirits.
According to individuals involved with the Himachal tourism business, one of the key factors keeping many high-end tourists away from the Kullu-Manali-Lahaul circuit is the costly airfare.
Flights from Delhi to Kullu
During the busiest travel season, one must budget between Rs 35,980 to Rs 53,095 per person for a roundtrip between Delhi and Kullu. Subsequently, The return flight costs about Rs 20,000 even in the off-season for tourists.
A frequent traveler named Diwakar Singh claims that the Delhi-Kullu flight is one of the most expensive in the world for such a brief journey.
Flights from Delhi to Dubai, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and other locations are less expensive. Furthermore, he claims many people would rather travel abroad than go to Kullu.
One 48-seater trip from Delhi to Kullu and the other way is operated daily by Alliance Air, the only national airline that the government controls. In the busy season, it is crowded. Subsequently, If non-stop, the one-way price for the 85-minute flight is between Rs 15,727 and Rs 26,227.
Furthermore, The airline additionally levies a Rs 350 per person per sector web convenience fee for issuing the ticket via their website.
At 6.05 am, the aircraft departs from Delhi, and at 8.15 am, it lands in Kullu. Around 8.30 in the morning, the return flight departs Kullu. The flight stops in Chandigarh every day but Sundays.
Even on the 40-minute flight from Chandigarh to Kullu, the prices are exorbitant: roundtrip tickets range from Rs 29,615 to Rs 50,196. Nonetheless, one-way tickets cost between Rs 14,312 and Rs 24,603.
According to hotel owners in Kullu, Alliance Air should not use a “monopolistic approach but strive for public benefit” as it is a government airline. They assert that a regulating authority should regularly assess the fare and adjust it to a justifiable level.
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