MISCELLANEOUS

Air link to all NE State capitals introduced

GUWAHATI Dec. 25. A 50-seater ATR 42 aircraft leased by Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Indian Airlines, to link the capitals of all the seven north-eastern States was introduced today.

At a function held at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi airport here, the Union Civil Aviation Minister, Syed Shahnawaz Khan, launched the maiden flight of the first of the four aircraft.

It would operate on the Kolkata-Guwahati-Dimapur-Agartala-Kolkata route.

Three more aircraft would be introduced to provide daily flights on the Kolkata-Dimapur, Kolkata-Aizawl, Guwahati-Agartala, Guwahati-Lilabari, Guwahati-Silchar, Guwahati-Imphal, Silchar-Imphal, Guwahati-Aizawl, Guwahati-Dimapur and Silchar-Agartala routes. The number of seats would increase from 2,125 to 4,177.