There are only as many days and the country is vast. Right before any general election in India, political parties have to shell out for that modern day campaigning necessity: chartered aircraft that ferry and carpet-bomb campaigners across the length and breadth of the country. Parties hire a range of the latest aircraft from charter services across the country: from the Cessna Citation XLS, that costs just under Rs 3 lakh per hour, to single-engine choppers like the Bell 407 costing Rs 1 lakh for an hour.
There are more than a handful of service providers in the sector. They provide two kinds of hire—on a daily or an hourly basis.