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Air India to launch holiday packages with state tourism departments

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National carrier Air India on Saturday said it is set to launch holiday packages from December 1 under the Incredible India programme in collaboration with state tourism departments.

“Ashwani Lohani, managing director, Air India and senior officials of state tourism departments met in New Delhi today (on Saturday) to work out the modalities of the Incredible Air India Holiday Packages to be launched from December 1, 2015,” the national carrier said in a release.

“Among the states represented were Maharashtra, Karnataka, Sikkim, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir,” it added.

Under the packages, tourists will have the option of choosing from three-four packages in each state.

The packages will cover a wide range of interests like wildlife reserves, religious places, adventure sports like skiing in Gulmarg and Srinagar, paragliding in Kangra, forts, museums, festivities & fairs like Pushkar in Rajasthan.

“The two nights/three day packages will be attractively priced and will be available for direct purchase from the Air India website,” said Air India.

Lohani also said that the national carrier would be increasing the intra-state connectivity with the ATR-72 aircraft, operated by subsidiary Alliance Air.

Alliance Air is currently operating ATR-72 flights under the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) basis, in the northeastern states, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands, Karnataka and Puducherry.

IANS)