BY TTT NEWS SERVICE
KOLKATA, 1 NOVEMBER 2022
Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has announced that two new international flights from North Eastern ( Tripura and Manipur) India under International Udan Scheme will commence.
All these flights are under the regional air connectivity scheme Ude Deshki Aam Nagarik. Under international UDAN, two new routes Agartala-Chittagong-Agartala and Imphal-Mandalay-Imphal will be operationalised. This will expand the scope of air connectivity in the North Eastern states from the national to the international level, Jyotiraditya Scindia said.
Chittagong is in Bangladesh and Mandalay is in Myanmar. Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar after Rangoon. Chittagong is the second largest city in Bangladesh after the capital city of Dhaka.
The Narendra Modi government and the union civil aviation ministry has given special emphasis on air connectivity for the North Eastern region as part of the Act East Policy and the proof is setting up of seven airports in these regions in the past eight years , Jyotiraditya Scindia added.
Jyotiraditya Scindia along with union minister of state for civil aviation, Gen (Retd) V K Singh had inaugurated the operations of three flights connecting five cities of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, and Mizoram on Sunday.
The flights connecting Imphal-Aizawl-Imphal and Lilabari-Ziro-Lilabari commenced on Sunday while the services on the Shillong-Lilabari-Shillong route started from yesterday.
“Under the UDAN scheme, 14 percent of routes have been awarded to the northeast. Under UDAN 4.2, about 18 percent of routes have been awarded to the northeast,” civil aviation ministry sources added.
A corpus of Rs.500 crores has been dedicated to improve the infrastructure of the air connectivity of the North Eastern region. Under Krishi UDAN, 25 airports have been incentivised in the region, they added.
A flight connecting Imphal and Aizawl under RCS UDAN commenced on Sunday and will operate five times a week, while a flight connecting Shillong and Lilabari under RCS UDAN has commenced from Monday and will operate four times a week.
A flight connecting Lilabari and Ziro also began operating from Sunday and will operate twice a week.
Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the two new international flights under the UDAN Scheme will expand the scope of air connectivity in the northeastern states from the national to the international level and boost the tourism and economy of the region.
In the coming days more international flights will commence from the North Eastern region to the neighbouring countries, the centre plans.