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Air India will operate additional flights to Mizoram on every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Air India will operate additional flights to Mizoram on every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday|File image
MIZORAM

Air India to start additional flight to Aizawl after April 9

Mizoram has only one direct air link with Kolkata, operated by Air India, after Jet Airways withdrew its service from the state citing non-viability of route

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Air India (AI) has deferred the additional flight service to Mizoram on the Kolkata-Aizawl-Kolkata sector from April 2-9, said the principal consultant for state civil aviation, Wing Commander Joe Lalhmingliana on Monday.

The schedule was postponed owing to operational compulsion, a statement said.

The airline also fixed fares, as per which, Kolkata-Imphal route was fixed at Rs 5,716, Imphal to Aizawl at Rs 2,995 and Aizawl- Kolkata (via Imphal) was fixed at Rs 3,495.

The additional air flights will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Mizoram has only one direct air link with Kolkata, operated by Air India, after Jet Airways withdrew its flight service from the state on February 10, citing non-viability of route because of fuel price rise, depreciating rupee and a difficult pricing environment.

The withdrawal of flight service by Jet Airways had greatly affected commuters especially traders, patients and students as they have to go to nearest airport in Silchar, Assam, about 150 km from Aizawl to catch a flight.

The state government has been putting in massive effort to restore normalcy.

Former state governor Kummanam Rajasekharan and chief minister Zoramthanga had earlier called on union civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu, seeking his intervention to improve the state’s air link.

Lalhmingliana had earlier said that the state government held talks with some private airlines, including Indigo to start air service from Aizawl to Guwahati and Delhi.

The state government is also taking measures to revamp the runway of Lengpui Airport, the only airport in the state.