Alliance Air launches its route between Silchar and Imphal on Thursday, November 25, after a long gap of 10 years.
At 2:03 pm, the flight bound for Imphal Airport took off from Silchar Airport with 30 passengers. The two locations are currently connected by this airline’s daily direct flight, which travels the distance in 40 minutes.
The station manager and ground employees were present for the inaugural ceremony of the flight under the Regional Connectivity Scheme, UDAN (Ude Deshka Aam Nagrik) of the Civil Aviation Ministry of the Government of India.
The Regional Connectivity Scheme-UDAN will use this Alliance Air flight to run a daily service between the airports of the two states. At 1:30 PM, the ATR aircraft, which has a seating capacity of 70 passengers, is scheduled to leave Silchar Airport. The flight takes 40 minutes to travel the distance and arrives at Imphal Airport around 2:10 in the afternoon.
The first passenger, Manjula Das, was ceremonially handed over the boarding pass by the station manager at Silchar Airport.
“Have been waiting for this direct connectivity for many days. I am very elated that, I can reach my home in Imphal without deboarding or changing aircraft in just 40 minutes from Silchar.”–Manjula Das, the first passenger to board the flight, expressed her happiness
“People of Silchar have been waiting for this sector as it took a long time for the existing airlines and this has been launched with the vision of the Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiradity M Scindia Ji and the Prime Minister. We have got a good response today from Silchar, 30 passengers have already booked the flight for departure from Silchar and 37 passengers are arriving here from Imphal. The CEO of our airline has given a plausible response and if we continue to get this appreciation from people we will introduce more flights.”–Meesala Narsingh Rao, Station Manager, Alliance Air Aviation at Silchar Airport
In the coming days, the same route would also connect to Dimapur and Aizwal through Imphal, according to another airline official.
Alliance Air is the sole government-owned airline in India, also planning to provide service to neighbouring nations. Alliance Air’s network reaches more than 50 destinations, primarily tier-2 and tier-3 cities. The carrier recently unveiled new aircraft that enable it to travel to harder and more difficult-to-access airports and improve connection in such areas.
Additionally, Alliance Air uses a Dornier Do-228 aircraft that was manufactured in India, allowing it to access several airstrips that were previously inaccessible to fixed-wing aircraft. Shimla and Kullu are two high-terrain routes served by the carrier’s recently purchased smaller ATR 42 aircraft.
With a fleet of ATR and Dornier turboprops, the airline primarily flies regional flights across the nation only as of now. However, according to a recent statement from its CEO, flights to adjacent international locations are also being examined.
Alliance Air might defy the norm and concentrate on connecting smaller cities with foreign destinations, as opposed to Indian airlines often prioritising flights to airports like Delhi (DEL) and Mumbai (BOM) when scheduling international flights.
(With inputs from Barak Bulletin)