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Giving a boost to regional connectivity, Assam’s Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, along with Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, attended a virtual program on Sunday to report the operations of Alliance Air in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram. Under the new operations, Alliance Air will travel between Lilabari, Ziro, Shillong, Imphal and Mizoram.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sarma called it an important day as Alliance Air operations will lead to greater air connectivity in the North East, especially between the states of Assam, from Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Manipur.

“I consider the launch of these air operations not only as an extension of air links, but above all as a futuristic gesture, which will greatly contribute to promoting contacts between people, tourism and trade,” he said. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion and said that it is thanks to his policy of “transformation through transport” that the northeastern states have witnessed an unprecedented improvement in the connectivity industry over the past eight years.

“Lilabari in Lakhimpur district is an important corridor to north eastern states. The airport is a corridor to several tourist places as the state government for airport development has already given away 84 acres of land for building a baseband and isolation bay,” he said.

Sarma also said that under the initiative of the Prime Minister with the help of the UDAN program, all the important cities in the North East have been brought together under the regional connectivity program.

“Furthermore, under his leadership, the government has undertaken works for a new terminal building at LGBI airport and the works have made tremendous progress. Rupsi airport in western Assam, which has remained disappeared since 1984, was redeveloped under the UDAN program and has been in operation since May last year,” the Chief Minister added. Sarma added that today the North East is fueling growth of aviation in India. The industry has taken a step that was unthinkable a few years ago. With the UDAN regime in place, aircraft movements in the North East from August 2017 to August 2022 have increased to 7,973 flights, an increase of 36%, exceeding the growth rates in the East, West, North and South areas.The Chief Minister also expressed his confidence that under the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Aviation Civil Union, Assam and the North East will receive more boost in the aviation sector ion in the future.

He also thanked Alliance Air for starting new air operations in the region. Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Minister for Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation VK Singh, CM Manipur N. Biren Singh, CM Meghalaya Conrad Sangma, CM Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu, CEO of Alliance Air Vineet Sood witness the flag ceremony virtually from their respective locations.

Transport Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Samir Kumar Sinha, Transport Commissioner Adil Khan were also present on the occasion.

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