Imphal, November 23: Myanmar’s private carrier Air KBZ landed at the Birtikendrajit International Airport Saturday marking the commencement of the Imphal-Mandalay flight service.
The chartered flight, which departed from Mandalay, landed at the Imphal Airport around 11:30 am and was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute.
As many as 72 passengers from Myanmar made the trip and the plane departed Imphal with 48 passengers, including 5 officials.
Minister for Health and Family Welfare L. Jayantakumar Singh, Minister for CAF&PD Karam Shyam, Minister for Education Th. Radheshyam, Chairman of Tourism Corporation Manipur Limited Dr. Sapam Ranjan, Manipur’s Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Principal Secretary P. Vaiphei, Director of Transport Department Mercina Panmei and others received the passengers with traditional shawl called lengyan phi.
Education minister Th. Radheshyam asserted that the launching of the chartered flight service would enhance the air connectivity with the neighbouring countries, especially Myanmar.
Informing that the chartered flight will be operational thrice a week, Radheshyam maintained that Manipur government is persuading the Ministry of Civil Aviation for regular Imphal-Mandalay flight service.
The inauguration of the flight is timed in view of the Manipur Sangai Festival, which will be kicked off on Sunday. Preparations are all over to celebrate the seven-day long annual tourism festival. Besides the tourists from Myanmar, delegates from other countries have also arrived in Imphal to take part in the festival.
Radheshyam appealed to the people of Manipur to support the noble initiative of the Government of Manipur. (Courtesy:IE)