AGARTALA, June 28 - Tripura MP Pratima Bhowmik has requested the Centre to increase flight services to the landlocked State. She raised the issue during the Zero Hour in the Parliament on Thursday and highlighted the poor air service to the State.
In the presence of Union Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri, Bhowmik said the people of the State have been suffering due to poor frequency of flights. She urged the Union minister to introduce two flights on the Agartala-Delhi and Agartala-Kolkata routes.
Later, the MP met the Civil Aviation Minister and handed over a memorandum.
Currently, Air India operates two flights in the Agartala-Kolkata sector. Private carrier IndiGo, on the hand, operates seven flights on the Agartala-Kolkata and Agartala-Delhi routes.
The price of a ticket from Agartala to Kolkata ranges between Rs 4,700 and Rs 5,000, while that from Agartala to Delhi costs Rs 9,000 plus. People face trouble when they take critically ill patients outside the State as private airlines do not allow stretchers.