Guwahati: Prime Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma Sunday said the Northeast is fueling India’s aviation growth.
“The industry has achieved unimaginable progress a few years ago. With the UDAN plan in effect, air traffic in the Northeast has increased by 36 percent to 7973 flights in August 2022. This is higher than the growth rates in the east, west , north and south,” he said.
Sarma participated in a video program to suspend the operations of Alliance Air in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, and Mizoram. The program was also attended by Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.
As part of its new operations, Alliance Air will connect Lilabari, Ziro, Shillong, Imphal and Mizoram.
The CM also said that Lilabari in Lakhimpur district is an important gateway to the rest of the states. The airport is a gateway to several tourist attractions. The state government has handed over 84 acres of land for the construction of a basic isolation area.
Sarma also said that this initiative, with the help of the UDAN scheme, has been brought together in all the important cities of the North East.
The work of the new LGBI airport terminal has been done by the government and is ongoing. The Rupsi airport in western Assam, which was out of service since 1984, has been redeveloped under the UDAN scheme and has been operational since May last year, the CM added.
The director general of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu thanked the central government, which he said has given the most importance to the development of the northeastern region, especially in the area of connectivity.
“In all areas of connectivity – road, rail, air and digital connectivity – the North East has seen unprecedented growth in the last eight years. The once neglected and underdeveloped region today is the same as the states. other developed in the country,” said Khandu.
He said that in the last eight years, Arunachal Pradesh could develop and make nine advanced landing fields which were lying dilapidated and unused, airworthy.
“Although Pasighat and Tezu already have fixed-wing commercial air connectivity, today we have added Ziro. Of the remaining six ALGs, three are capable of landing fixed-wing flights and three – Tawang, Aalo and Walong will be used as heliports,” Khandu said.
He said that when Hollongi airport is opened and operational, the integration, as well as air connectivity in the region, will be enhanced. Hollongi airport is complete and ready for operation, he said. Arunachal Pradesh is waiting for the Prime Minister to come and dedicate it to the people.
He also thanked Alliance Air for being a pioneer in expanding its regional and regional flight services.
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