Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M. Scindia and MoS, Civil Aviation, General Dr. V K Singh (Retd.) virtually flag off the first direct flight on the Shillong-Dibrugarh route in New Delhi on October 26, 2021. (PIB)
New Delhi: Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, MoS, Civil Aviation, General Dr. V K Singh (Retd.) virtually flagged off the first direct flight on the Shillong – Dibrugarh route under the Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik (RCS-UDAN) of the Centre.
Speaking on the occasion, Scindia said that “In 2014, only 6 airports were operational in North East, which has now risen to 15 airports in 2021”.
“I assure you that this is just the beginning, we are further committed to enhancing the interstate & intrastate connectivity of North-East. Apart from promoting flight connectivity, our focus is on developing the infrastructure capabilities along with helicopter services for the last mile delivery. To ensure that we recently launched the Helicopter policy to further promote Heli Services in North-East. We want to bring the travellers from all over the country to North-East,” said Scindia.
The airline M/s Indigo was awarded the Shillong – Dibrugarh route during the UDAN 4 bidding process. The airlines are being provided Viability Gap Funding (VGF) under the UDAN scheme to keep the fares affordable & accessible for the common people. The airline will deploy its 78-seater ATR 72 aircraft.
Till date, 389 routes and 62 airports (including 5 heliports and 2 water aerodromes) have been operationalised under the UDAN scheme. The scheme is envisaged to establish strong aerial connectivity in all States and UTs of the country which hitherto were not connected, laying the foundation of a new regional segment in India’s aviation market, said the Civil Aviation Ministry’s press release.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conard Sangma, Deputy Chief Minister PrestoneTynsong, Shillong MP Vincent H Pala, Rajya Sabha MP Dr. Wanweiroy Kharlukhi, Meghalaya Transport Minister Dasakhiatbha Lamare, BJP MLA Sanbor Shullai, Ministry of Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal, and Ministry of Civil Aviation Joint Secretary Usha Padhee also graced the launch event of the Shillong-Dibrugarh flight. (Press Release)