Development comes after withdrawal of operations by Jet Airways; only direct air link that state is now left with is Aizawl-Kolkata route run by Air India
Aizawl: After the withdrawal of flight services to Guwahati and Delhi from Aizawl by Jet Airways, the state government is taking massive efforts to restore and bring normalcy in flight services between the state capital and other metropolitan cities, an official said on Wednesday.
Mizoram government's principal consultant for civil aviation, Wing Commander Joe Lalhmingliana, said that the state government is currently in talks with some private airlines, including Indigo, to operate services from Aizawl to Guwahati and Delhi.
The initiative was taken after the withdrawal of flight service by Jet Airways, which is sure to affect commuters, he said.
Apart from flight services to Guwahati and Delhi from Aizawl, the state government is also looking for possibility of direct air connectivity between Aizawl and capitals of neighbouring countries, especially in Southeast Asia, he added.
He expressed hope that Mizoram will soon get more flight service if the ongoing negotiation turns fruitful.
Lalhmingliana, however, expressed regret that the government could do nothing as regard withdrawal by Jet Airways because it is a matter of private business.
Jet Airways has withdrawn its flight services to Mizoram after operating the last flight on the Guwahati-Aizawl route on Saturday citing non-viability, rise in fuel prices, depreciating rupee and a difficult pricing environment.
Along with Aizawl, the airline also withdrew its flight services from Imphal in Manipur and Assam’s Silchar and Jorhat.
With the withdrawal of flight services by Jet Airways, the only direct air link that Mizoram has is on the Aizawl-Kolkata route operated by Air India.
Jet Airways’ withdrawal from Mizoram is likely to cause enormous problems on commuters, who heavily depended on the flight service for years. The withdrawal would also affect transportation of patients, besides business.
R Lalfakawma, a trader in Aizawl, said the withdrawal of flight service by Jet Airways would affect their business as they will face a tough time in travelling to national capital and other countries. He said that the withdrawal of flight service would affect students, who are studying in metropolitan cities and commuters would face shortage of flight service, which in turn will lead to a “rush” in tickets.
Meanwhile, state BJP general secretary Ramthansanga met Union minister of civil aviation Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi on Wednesday and apprised him of the inconvenience faced by the people.
Prabhu, on his part, told the BJP leader that Air India would start operations on two more additional routes – Aizawl to Delhi and Aizawl to Guwahati – from March.