Jagson Airlines to operate flights to Shimla, Kullu

Anuradha Paudwal

Jagson Airlines has proposed to introduce a regular flight in the Delhi-Shimla-Kullu circuit. It plans to operate a 80-seater jet engine aircraft on the route.

Company chairman Jagdish Gupta made the announcement on Tuesday at a function organised at the Jakhu temple in Shimla where the company has installed an advanced technology music system to play devotional songs.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal dedicated the music system to the temple, where noted singer Anuradha Paudwal rendered devotional numbers before the crowd of devotees and locals for more than two hours.

He announced that Jagson would acquire a UK-make four engine jet aircraft, which could land and take off at small airports like the one in Shimla.

Talking to the media later, Gupta said there would be a regular flight to Shimla and Kullu from Delhi. "This aircraft is especially made for airports with short runways. It will be able to land at Shimla with 80 passengers and take off with 70. At Kullu, it will be able to land and take-off with its full capacity. The company will fly this plane first for Himachal Pradesh."

At present, the Shimla and Kullu airports receive only a single flight, which is operated by Kingfisher Red. It can take off with more than 24 passengers from Shimla.

Speaking at the Jakhu temple function earlier, the CM said the temple complex would be developed into a prominent pilgrimage centre for tourists.

"There is a myth attached to the shrine of Lord Hanuman at Jakhu Hill. It is believed that the lord had landed on the top of it on his way to Lanka, carrying Sanjeevani buti from Himalaya to save Lord Lakshman. A new 108-foot high statue of Lord Hanuman is being raised at Jakhu, which will be visible to the devotees from far-off places like Tara Devi temple," Dhumal said.

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