Sunday, September 6, 2009

Agartala to be second hub for AI flights in NE

AGARTALA, Sept 6: The Air India (AI) will introduce daily return flight at the Agartala Airport, from some important destinations of the country, making it as second hub in the Northeast after Guwahati, AI officials today said.

As part of intra-connectivity between NE states and rest of the country, authority had contemplated to increase the number of flights and shift aircraft to Guwahati and Agartala stations daily, the sources informed. As part of the mission to provide national and international connectivity to the region the AI authority had planned to expand its operations over the next three years, taking the number of weekly flights from the present 65 to about 1,000 besides, connecting to Bangkok, officials underlined.

Referring to the statement of AI’s chairman and managing director (CMD) Arvind Yadav, officials pointed out that the expansion would be implemented with the assistance of Ministry of Civil Aviation. The CMD had also held meeting with Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) last week and announced that improvement in connectivity in the region was a part of AI’s programme to provide better connectivity to Tier-II cities, they added. He had also viewed that a 20-seater aircraft would be viable for operations in the Northeast. But AI now had 40-seater aircraft in its fleet and buying new 20-seater aircraft depends on the funding from the government. (UNI)

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