Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday (26 October) virtually flagged off the first direct flight on the Shillong-Dibrugarh route under the Centre’s Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik (RCS-UDAN).
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conard Sangma, Shillong MP Vincent H Pala, were among those present during the launch event of the Shillong-Dibrugarh flight.
On the occasion, Scindia said, “Shillong is one of the highest and wettest places in the world. The place is important not only for the country but for the entire world. Shillong has always been known as Scotland of East due to the presence of rolling hills, caves, tallest waterfalls, beautiful landscapes and its rich heritage and culture. There’s nothing that Meghalaya does not have to offer. The place attracts tourists from all over the world.”
The minister further emphasised that “In 2014, only 6 airports were operational in North East which has now risen to 15 airports in 2021. Within a short span of 7 years, we have achieved this ambitious target. I assure you that this is just the beginning, we are further committed to enhancing the interstate and intrastate connectivity of North-East”, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement.
“Apart from promoting flight connectivity, our focus is on developing the infrastructure capabilities along with helicopter services for the last mile delivery. To ensure that we recently launched the Helicopter policy to further promote Heli Services in North-East. We want the bring the travellers from all over the country to North-East,” he said.