Govt proposes to Centre to include Baljek Airport under RCS

Shillong, July 11: The State government has proposed to the Centre to include Baljek Airport besides Umroi Airport under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).

Commissioner and Secretary (Transport), I.W. Ingty told reporters that during the first edition of WINGS 2017 – “Sab Uden, Sab Juden”- expanding regional connectivity, hosted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation in New Delhi on July 8, the state government had proposed to the Centre to bring Baljek Airport under RCS besides Umroi airport in order to provide air connectivity to under-served and unserved airports.

While under-served airports are those which do not have more than a flight a day, unserved airports are those where there are no operations.
Earlier, five airlines have won bids to operate on 128 routes in the country under RCS, connecting 70 airports of which, 31 are categorized as “unserved” and 12 as “under-served”.

Air Deccan has won the rights to fly in the Northeast by connecting Umroi airport in Meghalaya with other airports like Agartala (Tripura), Aizawl (Mizoram), Dimapur (Nagaland), Imphal (Manipur) and Silchar (Assam). Air Deccan is likely to start flight operations by September this year.

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