Nagaland Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation Paiwang Konyak flagging off the Alliance Air from Dimapur Airport on 7th December 2019 ( Photo: DPRO, Dimapur)
Dimapur, December 7 (MExN): Nagaland Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation, Paiwang Konyak today flagged off the Alliance Air’s maiden flight from Dimapur Airport.
For the first flight from Dimapur to Imphal, 36 passengers boarded the flight from Dimapur while 27 passengers were on board from Guwahati.
Alliance Air, subsidiary of Air India, will directly connect Dimapur with Imphal and Guwahati and vice versa route with ATR 72-600 type of aircraft having 70 seats.
The operation is under the 'Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik' (UDAN) or Regional Connectivity Scheme of the Government of India.
According to a DIPR report, during the event, Paiwang expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for his “vision of letting the common citizen of the country fly, aimed at making air travel affordable and for reaching even in far flung place like Nagaland, under UDAN RCS.”
The first flight under UDAN scheme was operated by Alliance Air in Shimla to Delhi sector on April 27, 2017 and was flagged off by Prime Minister Modi, the report quoted him as saying.
Further noting that Nagaland had only 2 flight connectivity with other parts of India, he maintained that it was a “lucky day” for the state with the arrival of Alliance Air, it said.
As of now, the service would be available thrice a week. However, on the request of Minister Paiwang for operation of daily flight service, the CEO Alliance Air assured that it would be upgraded to daily flight services very shortly, the report added.
Representing the Regional Executive Director Airport Authority India, the General Manager (CNS) Kausal Kumar, AAI also expressed his appreciation to Alliance Air for boosting connectivity to the people of North East.
Marking the day, the Transport Minister lighted the lamp, handed over the first 3 boarding passes to the passengers and also cut a cake in the presence of CEO Alliance Air, Director Dimapur Airport, DC Dimapur, officials from AAI and NST department who attended the launching programme, the DIPR report added.
Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation Paiwang Konyak flagging off the Alliance Air from Dimapur Airport on 7th December 2019 ( Photo: DPRO, Dimapur)