Airbridge for Mansarovar Yatra: An IAF Effort

Issue: 7 / 2018

For three months, starting June 18, 2018, the IAF has created an airbridge between Pithoragarh and Gunji, in an effort to airlift 1080 registered passengers to Gunji to enable them to continue their journey for the coveted annual Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The requirement for the IAF to pitch in arose when the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) approached the Minsitry of Defence (MoD) for air effort between the places where the connectivity was envisaged to be poor. Three MLH-class of helicopters are located at Pithoragarh and carry around 80 passengers per day.