Friday, August 28, 2009

Air India and Government of Meghalaya keen to tie up

SHILLONG, Aug 28: A discussion to start daily flight service by Air India from Kolkata to Shillong and Tura and vice versa was mooted out at a meeting held between Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang and Air India Chief Managing Director Arvind Yadav at New Delhi today.
Yadav, along with senior officials who called on Lapang and Union Minister of State Vincent H Pala at the Meghalaya House in New Delhi, placed their plans on developing Air India’s service in the region and Shillong before Lapang. In turn, the Chief Minister also sought Air India’s cooperation to set up Air India’s call centres.

Both the parties also agreed that Air India will set up a full-fledged world class State aviation training academy in Shillong. For this, they would require 12 acres of land which should be provided by the State Government. This would involve placement for around 600 people.

Yadav also said that Air India would support tourism development in Meghalaya, and for this purpose they would work out sustainable proposals, including seamless multi-modal transport. Air India would also help promoting Meghalaya as a tourist destination through its international and national networks. The Air India CMD said he would visit Shillong around September 15-17 to carry forward these initial proposals. THE SENTINEL

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