Union civil aviation minister Scindia flags off 6 aerial routes connecting NE | India News

Union civil aviation minister Scindia flags off 6 aerial routes connecting NE | India News

GUWAHATI: A link aircraft is set to connect three cities in the northeast region giving passengers options for onward connectivity with the rest of the country.
Union minister for civil aviation, Jyotiraditya M Scindia; MoS, civil aviation, General VK Singh (Retd), along with Rajeev Bansal, secretary, ministry of civil aviation, virtually flagged off six routes on Monday, expanding aerial connectivity between Kolkata – Guwahati, Guwahati – Aizawl, Aizawl – Shillong, Shillong – Aizawl, Aizawl – Guwahati and Guwahati – Kolkata routes. The service will be available on every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The frontier state of Mizoram bordering Myanmar, a gateway to the northeast, has been the focus. Scindia said the city has an immense importance in the tourism and economic sector. “I am delighted to mention that Alliance Air’s most ATR aircraft are deployed on the northeastern routes. Today, we are further establishing seamless connectivity across the northeast by connecting four cities with one flight,” Scindia said.
He asserted that the government is committed to giving wings to PM Narendra Modi’s vision of making it possible that every state’s uniqueness must be experienced by all citizens of the country. Mizoram capital Aizawl is known as the home of the highlanders and is the seat of a rich tribal cultural extravaganza, famous for its handicrafts. Shillong, also known as the Scotland of the East, is a premier tourist destination in Meghalaya, known for its landscape and serenity surrounded by hills. The city has been a hub of education for the northeast. Meghalaya draws tourists to experience rainfall, explore caves, enjoy waterfalls, landscapes, and its rich heritage and culture.
Under the UDAN scheme, the Centre has connected cities that had no mention on the aviation map. “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. Moreover in 2014, only six airports were operational in the northeast, now we have grown to 15 airports in a short span of seven years,” Scindia noted.
In addition to this, he added that under the KRISHI UDAN Yojna, the Centre has identified 16 airports to enhance the export opportunities of the region establishing dual benefits of enhancement of cargo movements and exports.

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