It seems bad news for the people of Mizoram. Air India, the only airline that operates between Imphal and Aizawl will stop its service from 30th October 2016. At a time when air connectivity is very crucial between the neighbouring states, the decision to discontinue is a hard pill to swallow for the people of both the states.
Mizoram CM wants resumption of flights
Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has appealed to the Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju to continue Air India flights between Mizoram’s Lengpui airport and Imphal in Manipur.
The CM, in his letter to Raju on Wednesday, termed the decision of Air India as unfortunate while the centre has been making arrangements to connect even smaller towns. He said that air link was extremely important for states like Mizoram, which has difficult terrain, denying it with good connectivity with its neighbouring states.
He also added that students of Mizoram’s Regional Institute of Para Medical and Nursing Science (RIPANS) and College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, under the Central Agriculture University, Imphal, would be facing serious problems if the flights are discontinued.
Air India spreading its wings to regional towns
The news comes at a time when the airline is spreading its wings to various regional towns. Some 10-12 towns will get on to the aviation map of the country with Air India planning new flights as part of the country’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), which was launched on October 20.
The new destinations are likely to be in the five southern states: Telangana, Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. This is unfortunate as the airline aims to spread its wings to regional towns while shutting down operations between two state capitals.
It is to be noted Air India operates Imphal to Aizawl sector on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday, and Aizawl to Imphal sector on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays respectively.