Aerial connectivity of Northeast India expands as six new routes launch

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) flagged off new routes to Northeast India in a virtual event earlier this month, aiming at attracting more visitors from rest of the country.
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Explore the tea plantations of Assam. Image: Shutterstock/Ron Ramtang.

Giving us another reason to plan a visit to the ever-so-chanting Seven Sisters, Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, recently announced six new routes to Northeast India, improving the aerial connectivity of the states.

The fresh routes that have now commenced operations are Kolkata-Guwahati, Guwahati-Aizawl, Aizawl-Shillong, Shillong-Aizawl, Aizawl-Guwahati, and Guwahati-Kolkata.

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Calling Mizoram as ‘the gateway to Northeast India’, Scindia said, “The city has an immense amount of importance for its tourism and economic sector. We are committed to giving wings to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of making it possible that every state’s uniqueness must be experienced by all citizens of the country.”

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Dawki River in Meghalaya. Image: Shutterstock/Abhijeet Khedgikar.

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The minister further mentioned that Alliance Air’s most ATR aircraft are deployed on these routes, establishing seamless connectivity across the entire region by connecting the four cities with one flight.

“Under the UDAN scheme, we have connected cities that had no mention on the aviation map of the country. We have already started 60 airports and 387 routes, out of which 100 routes are awarded in Northeast India alone, and 50 are already operational. In 2014, only six airports were operational in the region. Now, we have grown to 15 airports in a short span of seven years. In addition to this, under the KRISHI UDAN Yojna, we have identified 16 airports to enhance the export opportunities of the region, establishing dual benefits of enhancement of cargo movements and exports,” Scindia informed.

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