Suresh Kashyap raises issue of reopening, expansion of Shimla Airport in LS

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New Delhi, Dec 2 : Stating that Shimla is a tourist destination, having both international and historic importance, HP BJP President and Member Suresh Kashyap on Thursday took up the issue regarding reopening and expansion of Shimla airport in the Lok Sabha.

He apprised the Chair that since the world faced the Coronavirus pandemic, the flights to Shimla airport were shut down, due to which the capital of Himachal Pradesh lost a great amount of tourist influx.

The Member said air alliance aircraft ATR42 used to fly in this sector, which carried 30-35 passengers to Shimla and on its way back, it used to carry 8-10 passengers.

The proposal to expand the airport was under consideration and should be done as soon as possible, as it is the need of the hour, added Kashyap.
He also requested Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia to start the flight to Shimla on priority basis and increase the frequency for the same.

Earlier, the Member had attended a meeting with the Shimla Airport officials and discussed the problems faced by the airport authorities. He then mentioned that he will take up this issue with the Central government too.

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