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Rio flagging off the launch of NE Shuttle (P) airlines in Dimapur on Friday. (DIPR)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Feb. 2011 12:29 AM IST
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Nagaland received a boost towards improving air connectivity when North East Shuttles (P) Ltd formally introduced its services at Dimapur on Friday.
The flight services between Dimapur and Guwahati was formally flagged off by state chief minister Neiphiu Rio in presence various officials and passengers.
Addressing the gathering, Rio lauded the NES(P)Ltd for extending its air services to Nagaland.
The chief minister urged upon people to utilize and patronize the services of the airline.
On why private airlines were not keen to operate in Nagaland, Rio said it was a big question that needed to be pondered upon to find where the problem actually lay. He said erratic air services compelled passenger to go to other places and that shortage of passengers could not be the sole reason.
He informed that the decision to introduce the airline was approved by the state cabinet and also revealed that the state government was ready to compensate up to 50% of the air fare, if the aircraft flew without any passenger in Dimapur sector.
While vouching for the smaller aircraft, Rio said the NE shuttle has been providing connectivity in the region for the last two years. He also disclosed that the airline has assured to take in local candidates if found qualified.
MD of the airline captain Shoba Mani informed that the airline will initially operate a daily flight for the time being and within six months, would try to introduce two flights daily between Guwahati and Dimapur. She also said that the airline would try to connect all the states in the region at the earliest.
Seventeen passengers including the chief minister took off on the inaugural flight to Guwahati Friday.
Air India also operates six-day flights covering Dimapur with a price tag of Rs.3500 per ticket. The price of a ticket for NE Shuttle is Rs.4225.
The CISF as on earlier occasions, prevented other media persons from entering the tarmac since only the SDIO was officially permitted to enter the aircraft . The CISF however permitted a section of the media to enter the tarmac.

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