Monday, August 31, 2009

Air India to set up aviation institute in Shillong

SHILLONG, Aug 31: The Air India (AI) has agreed to set up a state-of-the-art Aviation Training Centre in Meghalaya. Air India Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Arvind Jadhav said the decision to set up the training centre was taken late last week, during a meeting with Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang and Union Minister of State for Water Resources Vincent H Pala.

“AI would establish a world class Aviation Training Centre in Shillong for which the State government would provide 12 acres of land,” an official statement said. On completion, the institute is expected to attract 600 students for the course in the aviation industry.

This apart, Lapang also requested Jadhav for setting up of an Air India call centre in the State to which the CMD promised to look into. Jadhav is expected to visit the State capital next month to take the talks further.

Meanwhile, Air India is also considering to operate flights between Kolkata-Shillong and Kolkata-Tura to promote the State as a major tourist destination. Jadhav said AI was keen to promote further the tourism developmental activities undertaken by the State government by providing better air connectivity between the State and the rest of the country. (UNI)

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