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People in Silchar excited over new airline

By Arindam Gupta

SILCHAR, Oct 5 - With great expectations and high hopes, people of Silchar, including officials of the Airport Authority of India (AAI), welcomed the Q-400 flights of SpiceJet airlines which began its operations from Silchar on Tuesday.

The new flight which touched down at the Silchar airport at 6.15 am from Kolkata was accorded a water cannon salute by the AAI and Indian Air Force officials. The passengers were greeted with roses as the officials celebrated the occasion by cutting a cake.

Nand Kishore Deoli, Airport Director Silchar, Siv Raj, Wing Commander of Indian Air Force station Kumbirgram and N Tyagrajan, chief security officer of SpiceJet, took part in the inaugural ceremony and greeted the passengers travelling by the Spicejet flight.

Arnab Kumar Das, Officer on Special Duty of the AAI, said that this was for the first time any new airline was given water cannon salute. Ripan Mahanta, airport station in-charge of SpiceJet said, �We are happy to start the much-awaited services connecting Silchar with Kolkata and Guwahati on a daily basis. We expect this will lessen the crisis to a significant extent as there will be flights to Kolkata and Guwahati from here at 6.40 am and 8.45 am every day.� With its impressive cruise time, SpiceJet flights between Guwahati and Aizwal were also started from Tuesday, he added.

�We are happy to have travelled by the first flight of SpiceJet. This is a great step which will give a reprieve from the crisis of flights from Silchar to other cities and even to the State capital. The high rate of tickets shall be reduced with this new beginning,� said Sonali Das (name changed on request) who reached Silchar from Guwahati.

Meanwhile, even as the new flight promises to offer better facilities for the people, the timing of the flights operating from the Silchar airport remains a serious cause of concern for the people of this region. �All the flights are arriving as well as departing from the airport within 10 am which does not allow people to reach Silchar from places like Delhi and Bangalore on the same day since there are no afternoon or evening flights to Silchar as yet,� cried a section of the passengers.

Reacting to this situation, Nand Kishore Deoli, Airport Director, said that the situation is likely to improve after the completion of the re-carpeting of the runway which will begin in mid-October and shall be wrapped up within December 31. �We are trying our best to offer best facilities to the passengers within our limited resources. Night landing of flights could be possible after the re-carpeting work is completed,� Deoli said.

However, he said that despite repeated appeals for new airport, there has been patchy response from the State Government regarding land allocation. Furthermore, the Airport Director also said the shops and residences of locals in close proximity of the airport affecting the security reasons as well.

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People in Silchar excited over new airline

SILCHAR, Oct 5 - With great expectations and high hopes, people of Silchar, including officials of the Airport Authority of India (AAI), welcomed the Q-400 flights of SpiceJet airlines which began its operations from Silchar on Tuesday.

The new flight which touched down at the Silchar airport at 6.15 am from Kolkata was accorded a water cannon salute by the AAI and Indian Air Force officials. The passengers were greeted with roses as the officials celebrated the occasion by cutting a cake.

Nand Kishore Deoli, Airport Director Silchar, Siv Raj, Wing Commander of Indian Air Force station Kumbirgram and N Tyagrajan, chief security officer of SpiceJet, took part in the inaugural ceremony and greeted the passengers travelling by the Spicejet flight.

Arnab Kumar Das, Officer on Special Duty of the AAI, said that this was for the first time any new airline was given water cannon salute. Ripan Mahanta, airport station in-charge of SpiceJet said, �We are happy to start the much-awaited services connecting Silchar with Kolkata and Guwahati on a daily basis. We expect this will lessen the crisis to a significant extent as there will be flights to Kolkata and Guwahati from here at 6.40 am and 8.45 am every day.� With its impressive cruise time, SpiceJet flights between Guwahati and Aizwal were also started from Tuesday, he added.

�We are happy to have travelled by the first flight of SpiceJet. This is a great step which will give a reprieve from the crisis of flights from Silchar to other cities and even to the State capital. The high rate of tickets shall be reduced with this new beginning,� said Sonali Das (name changed on request) who reached Silchar from Guwahati.

Meanwhile, even as the new flight promises to offer better facilities for the people, the timing of the flights operating from the Silchar airport remains a serious cause of concern for the people of this region. �All the flights are arriving as well as departing from the airport within 10 am which does not allow people to reach Silchar from places like Delhi and Bangalore on the same day since there are no afternoon or evening flights to Silchar as yet,� cried a section of the passengers.

Reacting to this situation, Nand Kishore Deoli, Airport Director, said that the situation is likely to improve after the completion of the re-carpeting of the runway which will begin in mid-October and shall be wrapped up within December 31. �We are trying our best to offer best facilities to the passengers within our limited resources. Night landing of flights could be possible after the re-carpeting work is completed,� Deoli said.

However, he said that despite repeated appeals for new airport, there has been patchy response from the State Government regarding land allocation. Furthermore, the Airport Director also said the shops and residences of locals in close proximity of the airport affecting the security reasons as well.

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