Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Government of Jammu & Kashmir has written to Ajit Singh, Minister for Civil Aviation, Government of India to increase frequency of Air India flights to at least one flight per day on Delhi-Leh sector. Furthermore, he has urged private carriers to operate flights on this route after the closure of Kingfisher Airlines, as per The Rising Kashmir report.
In a letter written to Singh, Jora also requested for fixing a cap to the maximum amount of airfare on this sector to the length and duration of the flight. Jora has also appealed the Aviation Minister for reviewing the decision of reducing the frequency of Air India flights from two flights per day to three flights per week which, he said, not only will have a devastating impact on the forthcoming tourist season, but will also create economic burden on the common people who directly or indirectly earn their livelihood from tourism sector.
The Minister apprised Singh of the extraordinary high airfare on the Delhi-Leh sector, which has risen more than Rs 20,000. “It has become unaffordable for people of Ladakh region. Since Ladakh region remains cut off from the rest of the world for six months during winters, air connectivity is the only means of transportation available, he added.