GUWAHATI: The government’s ambitious plan Udan is expanding its wings into the terrains of the Northeast. Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, has started direct flights from Imphal to Dimapur onwards to Guwahati. The new flight was flagged off by Nagaland Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Paiwang Konyakin the presence of CEO, Alliance Air, Kaushal Kumar, General Manager, Airports Authority of India, M Zimho, Airport Director, Dimapur and several other dignitaries, at Dimapur Airport on Saturday.
This is a RCS route under the UDAN scheme with thrice weekly frequency on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The airline will deploy its 70 seater aircraft on this sector.
Flight 9I 741 will depart from Guwahati at 08:00 hrs and arrive in Dimapur at 08:555 hrs, further departing at 09:20 hrs and arrive in Imphal at 10:10 hrs. Flight 9I 742 will depart from Imphal at 10:35 hrs and arrive in Dimapur at 1125hrs further departing at 11:50 hrs and arrive in Guwahati at 12:45 hrs.
This flight will provide first ever option of swift connectivity to Imphal as till now Imphal is not connected to India by the railway network. Also with this flight onward connectivity from Dimapur to Guwahati and from Guwahati to Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata is feasible.
Imphal is world famous for Sambal-Lei-Sepkil flower featured in the Guinness Book of Records in 1999. Also Ima Keithal, a 500-year-old market in Imphal is possibly the only market in the world run entirely by women.
Apart from the super spicy local chilli known as ‘Umorok’ , preparations of bamboo delicacies are very famous in Imphal too.
All inclusive one way fares – Dimapur-Imphal and vice versa starts at Rs 1,811.