Alliance Air will operate thrice-weekly flights every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday on the Guwahati-Dimapur route reducing the travel time to less than an hour.
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Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, flagged-off its first flight operations between the capital city of Assam, Guwahati to Dimapur, the largest city of Nagaland, to the capital city of Manipur, Imphal, making it the 236route under the Regional Connectivity Scheme – UdeDeshKaAamNagrik, RCS-UDAN, under the Government of India. The inaugural event was attended by Biren Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur, LosiiDikho, Minister (PHED) Govt of Manipur, Sapam Ranjan Singh, Chairman, Tourism Corporation of Manipur Ltd and other dignitaries from Air India and Air Alliance. Flight services from Dimapur to Imphal was a long pending demand from the region.
The Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri had given assurance for the commencement of flight operations in the region during his meeting with the Nagaland Governor, RN Ravi on August 27, 2019, in New Delhi. This marks another step by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to establish a strong air network in North East India. Till now, for a mere distance of 200 km, people had to travel for seven hours by bus 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.