NEC in process to finalise exclusive aircraft service in Northeast

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Agartala, Nov 5 (UNI) North Eastern Council (NEC) is set to finalise the deal to launch a dedicated airlines for the eight states of the region including Sikkim.

As many as four bidders has expressed their willingness to operate the service, official sources here today said.

According to report, the bid was closed on October 30 and NEC administration had been processing the tenders to set up sustainable air connectivity among the states by March next.

Earlier, two tenders did not materialise after the bidders failed to comply with the requirements and this time NEC had made technical requirements flexible for the carriers.

Source further said that three companies State-run Alliance Air, Universal Empire and Ace Airlines had bidded after the second global tender was floated in May but they were rejected for their failure to meet the requirements as stated in the tender notice.

NEC, the regional planning body for North-East, had planned to launch a dedicated airline service for the region connecting all major towns besides, state capitals of the region and decided to bring 12 more airports in operation in addition to existing eleven.

Meanwhile, North-east Shuttles Ltd (NSL), a private airline company based in Kolkata has proposed to operate nine-seater aircraft service in the region. In fact a two-member team of the company led by its Managing Director, Capt Sobha K Moni called on Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Transport Minister Manik Dey last week.

Mr Dey told UNI that the state government agreed to provide logistic support for air service providers but it needs to get approval from the Civil Aviation Ministry for operating non- scheduled and charter passenger service in the region.

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