The Northeast will get a regular flight service to and from Bangkok from March of this year. Suchitra Dural, India’s ambassador to Thailand, in her address at the Northeast India Festival in Bangkok declared that regular flights between Guwahati and Bangkok will start soon.
The three-day festival which concluded on Sunday saw huge participation by delegates from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, Thailand and NE India. The inaugural session was attended by Commerce Minister of Thailand, Chutima Bunapraphasara, who hailed the initiative to connect both the regions. She declared that a team from Thailand will travel to the Northeast to explore trade and investment potential in the next six months.
Union Commerce and Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu, through a recorded speech, informed about India’s commitment and support for the Act East Policy and promised that regular flights will be initiated and special trade concessions offered. He also spoke about the flying sea planes soon in the river system of the region.
Shyamkanu Mahanta, chief organizer of the festival, spoke on the potential of the Northeast, its geographical proximity with the ASEAN region and about developments in road and air connectivity, ushering new hope for trade and tourism.