Connecting Meghalaya with Manipur, the first direct flight from the Shillong Airport to Manipur capital Imphal begins from Tuesday.
The service is started by the M/S IndiGo airlines under the Regional Connectivity Scheme — Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN) of the Government of India.
The flight will operate on the three alternate days on this route. The M/S Indigo Airlines deployed 78-seater ATR 72 aircraft on this route.
Declaring this Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, “Through UDAN scheme direct air service will be initiated between Shillong and Imphal, cutting short the travel time significantly and connecting Meghalaya and Manipur closer.”
The operationalisation of this route fulfills the objectives of the government to establish strong aerial connectivity in priority areas of NorthEast India, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement.
The airlines are being provided Viability Gap Funding (VGF) under the UDAN scheme to keep the fares affordable & accessible for the common people.
Earlier, IndiGo operated flight in Kolkata Shillong Silchar route and Kolkata Shillong Agartala route as Manipur became third state in North East to have direct air connectivity from Shillong airport.