Indigo, Alliance Air add flight operations to northeastern states

While the Mumbai-Itanagar will be operated by Indigo six days in a week, Alliance Air will fly Dornier aircraft twice in week

Airfare shoots up

New Delhi: Air travel to north eastern region is set to become easier with the launch of multiple flights on the route by various airlines on Tuesday.

Minister of civil aviation Jyotiraditya M Scindia along with his deputy VK Singh inaugurated multiple flights to further expand the connectivity to northeaster region.

The new flights launched today include Mumbai-Itanagar via Kolkata, Dibrugarh-Itagarh-Ziro and Dibrugarh-Itanagar-Passighat. While the Mumbai-Itanagar flight will be operated by Indigo six days in a week, Alliance Air will fly Dornier aircraft to different destinations within north east states twice in a week.

Enhanced connectivity in the Northeastern region of India will help bolster tourism and trade in the region and contribute to the economic development of the states.

In his inaugural address, Scindia said the Modi government has given unprecedented priority to the northeastern states. “It is the vision of the Prime Minster to provide air connectivity to each corner of the country and we are working in collaboration with each state to materialize it. Not only the major cities but the advanced landing grounds in the remote areas of tier 2 and tier 3 cities will also be connected,” he added.

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The minister appreciated the state government of Arunachal Pradesh for reducing the VAT on ATF and said that it has resulted in a rapid increase in air connectivity. He assured that not only in the major cities but advanced landing grounds in remote areas will also be connected. He also assured that Vijay Nagar, Mechuka, and Tuting are under development and will be connected soon.

The location of Itanagar city, 15 kilometers from Donyi Polo Airport, is ideal for adventure activities. Other than fishing and rafting, trekking is a very well-liked sport in the city. Fort Itanagar is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in Arunachal Pradesh, but the city is also home to the Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, Buddha Temple, Ganga Lake, and numerous more well-liked tourist attractions.

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The inaugurations were graced by law minister Kiren Rijiju, minister of state for petroleum and natural gases Rameswar Teli, deputy CM of Arunachal Pradesh Chowna Mein and Arunachal Pradesh’s civil aviation minister Nakap Nalo. Principal advisor to managing director, Indigo, RK Singh, chief executive officer of Alliance Air Vineet Sood and other dignitaries from MoCA, IndiGo, Alliance Air, and local administration from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Mumbai, and Kolkata were also present.

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