Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tripura CM writes to PMO on deepening flight shortage

Agartala: Chief minister Biplab Deb on Monday wrote to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) seeking additional flights in the Agartala sector to ensure availability of affordable tickets for flyers around the year. With air fares having shot up by five times over the last two weeks, the council of ministers held a special meeting on Monday evening over the deepening crisis, expressing concern over the failure of the civil aviation ministry to bring more flight operators to the region.
According to officials, Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayanta Sinha on Tuesday assured the chief minister that the Centre will make additional arrangement of flights to normalize the currently prevailing passenger pressure here.

Meanwhile, CPM MP Shankar Prasad Datta has also sent a letter to Union civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu, urging that permanent steps be taken to solve the crisis of shortage of flights to and from Tripura.

Dutta stated, "Ignoring the requests of the state government, most flight operators have gradually withdrawn their fleets from the state since 2010. The new operators like Vistara, Air Asia and Go Air do not run any flight to the Agartala sector though as per rule they need to cover the major state capitals of the northeast. Low-cost carrier SpiceJet withdrew its service from the state last month and two days ago Indigo also discontinued its Kolkata-Agartala morning flight. This has affected passenger movement severely," Dutta stated.
31/10/18 Biswendu Bhattacharjee/Times of India
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