DIMAPUR, Feb 26 - The Dimapur Airport will be connected to three new cities under the Centre�s flagship regional connectivity scheme, Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) .
Under the scheme, Dimapur will now be connected to Dibrugarh, Imphal and Guwahati. The Union Civil Aviation Ministry selected InterGlobe as the airline operator for Dimapur-Dibrugarh, while Alliance Air has been selected for the Dimapur-Imphal and Dimapur-Guwahati routes.
The routes will be made operational from April 1, a notification of the Union Civil Aviation Ministry said on Monday.
The UDAN scheme, launched in 2017, is a fulcrum under the National Civil Aviation Policy to make air travel convenient and affordable and is aimed at putting a number of hitherto unconnected areas on the aviation map of the country.
The Civil Aviation Ministry, in coordination with the Union Ministry of Tourism, has integrated iconic tourism sites and several routes in the North Eastern region under the ambit of UDAN .
Two kinds of routes, as proposed by the Ministry of Tourism, were made available to the airlines � unserved routes connecting unserved or underserved airports and unserved routes connecting served airports.
Currently, 16 unserved airports, 17 underserved airports (Dimapur is placed in this category), six water aerodromes and 50 served airports, totalling 89 airports, will be connected on the basis of 73 proposals.
A total of 235 routes comprising 189 regional connectivity scheme routes and 46 tourism routes will be connected across 29 States in the country.