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  1. Guwahati to be the centre for North East UDAN project

Guwahati to be the centre for North East UDAN project

The Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati will be the centre for project UDAN in the North East region and ASEAN, Airports Authority of India (AAI)

By: | Updated: February 5, 2018 3:04 PM

The Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati will be the centre for project UDAN in the North East region and ASEAN, Airports Authority of India (AAI). Speaking at a session on Civil Aviation at the Global Investors Summit – Advantage Assam, regional executive director Dharmendra Kumar Karma said, “Small airports will be developed in towns such as Jorhat and Tezpur in Assam under the Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) project.”

Air Asia, India MD and CEO Amor Abrol said, “ The development of necessary infrastructure to cater to the needs of international flight services is important and we want airports in this region to remain open and operational between 10 pm and 6 am. Air Asia is keen to connect Guwahati with airports in the neighbouring countries in the near future.”

Captain G R Gopinath, chairman and CEO of Deccan Aviation advocated for building airports in small Indian cities. He said, “Deccan Aviation will open 62 domestic airports in the country within the next six months.The common man needs air connectivity between small Indian cities more than increasing number of international flights from airports in Indian metropolis. 97 per cent of Indian population never boarded an aircraft. The massive changes in policy is required for the success of UDAN.”

B P Sharma, the CMD of Pawan Hans helicopter service in the North East region said, “As all cities and towns of the country cannot be covered by airports, Indian aviation system must rely on helicopter services. Pawan Hans is going to add 52 more towns to its service map and 20 per cent of these towns will be in Assam, as the demand for helicopter service is very high.”

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