Guwahati: Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia has on Monday virtually flagged off six routes expanding the aerial connectivity of northeast states in the presence of Union MoS VK Singh Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) secretary Rajeev Bansal.

With these new flights, travellers from Guwahati, Aizawl and Shillong will get multiple options for onward connectivity to the rest of the country.

The routes commencing operations from Monday are Kolkata – Guwahati, Guwahati – Aizawl, Aizawl – Shillong, Shillong – Aizawl, Aizawl – Guwahati, and Guwahati – Kolkata. 

Mizoram Health Minister Dr R Lalthangliana, MoS for Sports Robert Romawia Royte, along with other important members of the state government joined the event virtually from Lengpui Airport, Aizawl, Mizoram.

Joint secretary, ministry of civil aviation Usha Padhee, along with other senior officials, was also.

Scindia said, “Mizoram is the gateway to the northeast. The city has an immense amount of importance for its tourism and economic sector. We are committed to giving wings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making it possible that every state’s uniqueness must be experienced by all citizens of the country. I assure you that MoS VK Singh and I will personally visit Mizoram very soon,” Scindia said in his address.

“I am delighted to mention the fact that Alliance Air’s most ATR aircraft are deployed on the North-Eastern routes. Today, we are further establishing seamless connectivity across entire North-East India by connecting four cities with one flight.  This underlines the due importance given to the northeast by the ministry of civil aviation under the leadership of our prime minister,” Scindia said. 

“Under the UDAN scheme, we have connected cities that had no mention on the aviation map of the country. We have already started 60 airports, and 387 routes, out of which 100 routes are awarded in the northeast alone, and 50 are already operational,” he said. 

“In 2014, only 6 airports were operational in the Northeast. Now we have grown to 15 airports in a short span of 7 years. Therefore, this further highlights the due importance of the Northeastern states for this government,” he added.  

“In addition, under the KRISHI UDAN Yojna, we have identified 16 airports to enhance the export opportunities of the region establishing dual benefits of enhancement of cargo movements and exports,” he said.

Monday’s flight launch has expanded aerial connectivity of the Northeast by connecting multiple states hitherto not connected via flights.

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