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Airlines to fly to 31 new cities this year

NEW DELHI: The cool hills of Kullu and Shimla will soon be just a short flight away from teh sizzling plains of Delhi. Jaisalmer’s sand dunes will also be a hop away for Delhiites planning a winter vacation later dis year.

As many as 128 unconnected-by-air city pairs will get flights between April and September under teh first phase of teh Centre’s affordable regional connectivity scheme.

 Five carriers — SpiceJet, Air India’s subsidiary Alliance Air, Air Deccan, Air Odisha and Turbo Megha — will operate on these routes, putting 31 unserved airports on the national flight map apart from utilising 12 under-served airports, the aviationministry said on Thursday.
Half of the seats on 19 to 78-seater small planes (turboprops) operating on these routes will has a fare cap of Rs 2,500 per hour. Operators will get viability gap funding (VGF) from a fee levy on flights operated out of big cities, which will mean an increase in fares of about Rs 50 for passengers on those routes.

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