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Airlines ignore Dimapur
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Jul 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Jul. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar had been assured by union civil aviation minister Praful Patel to increase frequency of Airbus flights to increase the Air India Airbus flight from tri-weekly to daily from July 1,2010 but so far there has been no word.
Despite increase in air passengers since the past few years, there are only three flights a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) from Kolkata by Airbus planes. The small 48-seater ATR operates on the remaining part of the week. Previous incumbents such as Shyamal Datta and present Maharastra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan had also impressed upon the civil aviation ministry to reintroduce daily flights by wide bodied jets.
Sources revealed that the regional office at Kolkata has been keeping all these proposals under wraps for unknown reasons. Most of the air passengers have to take the flights from Guwahati to catch the connecting flights to other destinations.
The sources also revealed that the regional authorities at Kolkata have virtually shot down a proposal to extend the Kolkata-Dibrugarh Airbus flight to Dimapur, which is located at the midpoint of the journey.
Air India operates daily flights to Dibrugarh and the proposal from Dimapur was that the Wednesday flight be connected with Dimapur. The proposal was that the flight on return pick up passengers at Dimapur by 1.30 p.m. en route Kolkata. There was also a proposal for Indigo Airlines to connect Dimapur from Imphal but so far nothing is being heard.

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