Guwahati airport to be directly connected to seven countries

ECONOMIC TIMES
GUWAHATI, 15th Oct: What is expected to provide northeast India a big leap in connectivity, the Union ministry of civil aviation has cleared an international air connectivity scheme, which will connect Guwahati airport with seven countries.
Under this scheme, flights will operate from Guwahati to Singapore, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Malaysia and Vietnam. The government will provide viability gap funding of operations of Rs 100 crore for three years.
Additional chief secretary to idustries and commerce department of Assam, Ravi Capoor told ET, “Airport Authority of India on behalf of the ministry of civil aviation and government of Assam, has invited bids for selection of airlines under the International air connectivity scheme (IACS) Udan.” Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the new generation wants a new wave of change, which catapult development and employment generation in the northeast. “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the northeast is heading towards a new era of development. The new-generation entrepreneurs can fuel a business mentality, which has set in motion an industrial development in the region,” he said.
Capoor said in another significant development, the Bangladesh's Cabinet has approved the draft of a proposed agreement with India.
The pact will allow India to use Chittagong and Mongla sea ports for transporting goods to and from its northeastern states.


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