New Delhi: Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, today flagged-off its first flight operations between Guwahati to Dimapur to Imphal, thus connecting the 3 capitals of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur respectively. This is the 236th flight route under the Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik – Regional Connectivity Scheme (UDAN-RCS), under the Government of India, said the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) said in a Press communication.
Flight services from Dimapur to Imphal was a long pending demand from the region. The Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri had provided assurance for the commencement of flight operations in the region during his meeting with the Nagaland Governor, RN Ravi in August.
This marks another step by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to establish a strong air network in North East India. So far, the distance of 200 km had to be covered via a 7-hour bus journey from Dimapur in Nagaland to reach Imphal in Manipur.
With the establishment of this route, people can now travel to Imphal in 50 minutes by air from Dimapur and access the air connectivity to other parts of the country as well from Guwahati. This flight marks the inception of the first-ever alternative option of connectivity to Imphal, as until now, Imphal is yet to be connected with India’s Railway Network.
Alliance Air will operate thrice-weekly flights; every Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday on this route. The Airline currently connects 57 destinations, and with the addition of Dimapur & Imphal there will be 59 stations in the Alliance Air ambit. The Airline will deploy its 70 seater aircraft on this sector.
Flight 9I 741 will depart from Guwahati at 0800 hrs and arrive in Dimapur at 0855 hrs, then depart from Dimapur at 0920 hrs and arrive in Imphal at 1010 hrs. While returning, Flight 9I 742 will depart from Imphal at 1035 hrs and arrive in Dimapur at 1125 hrs, then depart Dimapur at 1150 hrs and arrive in Guwahati at 1245 hrs.
Alliance Air continues to focus on new routes to connect regional destinations, said the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The airline has been awarded 12 new routes under UDAN 3.1, which are being launched progressively in the coming year bringing new destinations on India’s air map.
Through its codeshare with Air India, Alliance Air not only provides regional connectivity within the country but also offers connectivity to regional passengers on Air India’s network in India and abroad.
The inaugural event was graced by N. Biren Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur, Losii Dikho, Minister (PHED) Govt. of Manipur, Sapam Ranjan Singh, Chairman, Tourism Corporation of Manipur Ltd and other dignitaries from Air India and Air Alliance.
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