Sunday, October 06, 2019

Extra aircraft requested for Northeast to improve connectivity

For improving the inter-state air connectivity in Northeast, a senior Airports Authority of India (AAI) official has requested several airlines to keep an aircraft exclusively for the region.

“Movement within NER (Northeast region) is difficult, unsafe, time-consuming and costly by other means,” reported Hindustan Times quoting AAI’s regional executive director for Northeast, Sanjeev Jindal.
Jindal on October 1 had written separate letters to top officials of Trujet, SpiceJet and Indigo airlines.
Jindal suggested of stationing a small aircraft like ATR at one of the stations such as Guwahati/Shillong/Lengpui so that it connects different airports.
“It will be a profitable sector at one hand as well as it will be a turning point for the Northeast region,” Jindal added.

There are 21 airports in the Northeast and out of these, only 12 are functional.

Guwahati is connected to 8 out of 12 functional airports.

Most airports in the region have a few flights and they mostly connect to Guwahati or Kolkata and Delhi.
06/10/19 Northeast Now
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