Flying from Delhi to Dharamsala

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Just started planning my next trip to India in October 2018.
I will fly into Delhi early morning on October 9th & want to get same day flight to Dharamsala (Gaggal airport) flying back to Delhi on October 12th.
From initial online research I have found flights operated by Spice Jet and Alliance Air (Air India) but with a huge difference in price - Spice Jet return fare (with checked in bag) Rs 23,049, Alliance Air Rs 7,026 Any ideas why there is such a massive difference in cost? :confused
Would be good to hear from anyone who has flown this route & knows how reliable the flights will be at this time of year & whether Alliance is ok!
I know there are bus services between Delhi & Dharamsala (I have travelled on overnight Volvo several times on previous trips) but as this will be a short visit I've decided to try flying.
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Originally Posted by bsue View Post Just started planning my next trip to India in October 2018.

Would be good to hear from anyone who has flown this route & knows how reliable the flights will be at this time of year & whether Alliance is ok!
I know there are bus services between Delhi & Dharamsala (I have travelled on overnight Volvo several times on previous trips) but as this will be a short visit I've decided to try flying.

I flew to Gaggle once about 10yrs ago, I think it was with Kingfisher then though. Flights are sometimes cancelled due to fog in Delhi in Oct. KK
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About 10 years ago I read that pilots need a special fog licence to be able to fly in foggy times, the article was pointing out that some budget airline pilots didn't have the fog licence, however, I've no idea if this is still the case today.
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I flew Air India from Kangra/Gaggal to Delhi in September 2016. I was fortunate in that my flight was little delayed because the rainy season had not finished.
My flight departed early afternoon in sunny weather.

I decided to fly because my journey from Delhi to McLeodGanj, by late night train then local bus, had been excessively tiring. The countryside though between Pathankot and Kangra was particularly attractive.
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Originally Posted by bsue View Post Just started planning my next trip to India in October 2018.
I will fly into Delhi early morning on October 9th & want to get same day flight to Dharamsala (Gaggal airport) flying back to Delhi on October 12th.
From initial online research I have found flights operated by Spice Jet and Alliance Air (Air India) but with a huge difference in price - Spice Jet return fare (with checked in bag) Rs 23,049, Alliance Air Rs 7,026 Any ideas why there is such a massive difference in cost? :confused
It is way too early to get a sense of ticket pricing. The airlines do a place-holder type pricing that far in advance. Start looking in late spring early summer of '18.

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Originally Posted by Newworld View Post About 10 years ago I read that pilots need a special fog licence to be able to fly in foggy times, the article was pointing out that some budget airline pilots didn't have the fog licence, however, I've no idea if this is still the case today.
It has nothing to do with fog (if it did, then them pilots could not fly at night) it has to do with Category II and Cat IIIa,b certification. Which, given a capable aircraft, has to do with when a pilot decides to abort a landing. i.e height and visual range.

Also, not all aircrafts have appropriate instrumentation, and not all airports are certified for Cat III ILS ( instrument landing system). For Dharamsala, when I last looked, it was only a Visual Approach airport without ILS. Hence the size restriction and weight limitations of aircrafts and pilots with certification.

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