Air India to improve air connectivity in North-East

Air India to improve air connectivity in North-East

New Delhi: Air India will submit a draft plan to the government next week to operate small aircraft with 20 or less seats within the North-Eastern Region and make Guwahati, Agartala and Dibrugarh as hubs for the airline’s operations within the region.

This was decided during the meeting held in the national capital on Tuesday between Union minister for development of North-Eastern Region B.K. Handique and senior officers of civil aviation ministry, Air India and Airport Authority of India.

After a detailed discussion, Air India chairman and managing director Arvind Yadav assured to submit a draft plan to the government by 7 September 2009 covering various aspects for improving air connectivity in the northeastern region, an official release said.

It was also decided to train local youth for manning these hubs for ensuring effective functioning, providing base at Guwahati for aircraft and night stop at Agartala and Dibrugarh.

Airport Authority of India will also initiate efforts to make functional other airports like Rupsi in Assam, Kamalpur, Kailashhar and Khowai in Tripura, Tura in Meghalaya and Teju and Daparizo in Arunachal Pradesh.

Handique stressed the need to increase the connectivity within the core areas of North-Eastern Region along with connectivity to all metros in the country so that the passengers get return flight to and from Guwahati to the different metros in the country, the release said.