Friday, September 15, 2017

Shillong Airport to be hub of regional connectivity scheme of NE region

Shillong: The Civil Aviation Ministry has selected Shillong Airport as the hub of the Regional Connectivity scheme in the North East region, a top official of the North Eastern Council (NEC) said today.
The decision to select Shillong Airport as the hub of Regional Connectivity scheme in the North East region connecting – Aizawl, Silchar, Dimapur and Imphal was taken at a high level meeting of the Ministry of Civil Aviation in which representatives from all NE states were present, NEC secretary Ram Muivah.
“What I have come to know in the meeting is that Shillong will be the Hub for Regional Connectivity Scheme and they had already selected airlines to operate from Shillong to Aizawl, Shillong to Silchar, Shillong to Imphal, Shillong to Dimapur,” Muivah told PTI in an interview.
He said it was also decided in the meeting that Alliance Air, which was flying on viability gap funding provided by the NEC, will continue to fly till March 2019.
“Alliance Air requested extension of lease for a little longer period as they do not get aircraft for 3-4 months… So now we have decided that they can lease one more and the period will be up to March 2019,” Muivah said.
He said once they get another aircraft, the Alliance Air will also will fly to Dibrugarh and Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh and in the second phase, they have agreed to fly to Silchar, Imphal Guwahati and Dimapur.
13/09/17 PTI/Eastern Mirror