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New Delhi :  National carrier Air India on Saturday said that it is set to launch holiday packages from December 1 under the Incredible India program in collaboration with state tourism departments. Among the states represented were Maharashtra, Karnataka, Sikkim, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir.

“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.

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.

Air India claimed that  the two nights/three-day packages will be attractively priced and will be available for direct purchase from the Air India website.

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.
(With inputs from IANS)

 

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