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Chartered flights to link NE
Published on 2 Mar. 2009 11:43 PM IST
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The Kolkata-based Northeast Shuttles Private Ltd has introduced chartered flights to link the Northeast region with a nine-seater aircraft - Cessna Caravan 208B with Lengpui Airport as operational base. Captain Shobha K Mani, the managing-director of the company, said the made-in-US aircraft was a solution to the problem of air connectivity in the hilly Northeast region. “The NE cities that we are planning to serve have at present a low traffic demand. At the same time the larger aircraft are not able to meet the challenging conditions of mountains, fog, mist and short runways. This makes the Cessna Caravan 208B an ideal aircraft and the only solution to meet the necessary requirements,” Mani said. “Our motto is to boost tourism and also promote regional development in the northeast and provide access to the small cities, towns, and remote areas of the region,” she added. The main advantage of the aircraft is its size which allows it to land on very short runway - on any 1,700-metre strip - and even on unprepared runways and unmanned airfields. Manufactured in the US, it is fitted with terrain and traffic avoidance system that gives visual and audio warning and weather radar that gives weather information and warning. The Civil Aviation Ministry has already approved the chartered passenger service in the Northeast. “For the chartered flight, we will charge Rs 50,000 per hour while waiting and halting charges at moderate rates will be imposed separately within reasonable limits,” Mani said, adding she would operate the aircraft herself. At present Northeast Shuttles operates daily flight services between Aizawl-Imphal (Rs 3,500); Aizawl-Agartala (Rs 3,500) and Aizawl-Silchar (Rs 2,500) and can fly to Guwahati, Shillong and Kolkata on demand. Besides passenger charter, the Northeast Shuttles also provides business charter, leisure charter, medical emergencies and couriers. Informing that the airline was planning to operate at least four flights a day from Lengpui from October this year, Mani said she requested a subsidy of at least 50 per cent per seat of one flight a day from the state government during the initial stage to cushion the possible loss. “If the state government gives a subsidy, the charges of chartered flights would also be less,” she added.

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