Air policy remains for commercial airlines

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Agartala, Nov 16 (UNI) The Centre has assured the Northeastern states to continue with it's reservation policy in the case of some flights to the region for the private air operators.

Referring to the decision of Civil Aviation ministry, the North Eastern Council (NEC) officials here today said a section of private air operators disagreed with the rule of reserving certain flights for the region considering their commercial benefits.

They, however, stated that the ministry had assured the NE states that all the important destinations of the region would get air connectivity by 11th five year plan and committed to set up new airports in Itanagar and Kohima.

The Union ministry had also assured that fleets would be doubled and all necessary facilities would be increased substantially in the region within the next three years while the management of airport infrastructure as well as air services would be enhanced.

The Centre was under pressure to reverse its policy of forcing commercial airlines and airport operators to invest in the region but ministry made it mandatory for the airlines to operate in the region.

Officials underlined that the Aviation ministry had not decided to replace operating old aircrafts, moreover, six new aircrafts, including four ATR 50 aircraft were brought in for operation.


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