Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said the flight from the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal would begin from November 23.
Air KBZ from Myanmar will run the flight service on Wednesdays and Saturdays twice a week. On July 3, Air KBZ Myanmar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with KB Enterprises based in Imphal.
In the presence of Transport Director Mercina R Panmei and other officials of the Transportation Department on Thursday, the Chief Minister unveiled the online ticketing system for the flight service at the secretariat of the Chief Minister.
“The commencement of Imphal-Mandalay flight service will take us closer to our goal of making Manipur a major hub for traveling to South-East Asian countries,” the Transport Director stated in a press release.
“Manipur is central to the future of India’s Act East Policy and the proposed flight service could become one of the major drivers for mainstreaming northeastern India in the Act East Policy of the country with Manipur as the gateway to South-East Asian region,” he said.
Indicating that Mandalay, the second-largest city in Myanmar, is emerging as the country's major economic hub, and the Mandalay International Airport, which links 11 domestic and 19 international destinations, can serve as a major transit hub for further travel to other Southeast Asian countries.
Domestic passenger traffic via Mandalay has increased by 20 percent each year since 2010, while growth in international flights has increased by 60 percent each year, the release said.
In the recent past, the number of travelers between Manipur and Myanmar has increased manifold for medical treatment, business, and religious purposes, for cultural ties, among others. Imphal-Mandalay direct air flight will help in further strengthening and deepening of the ties between the State and the neighboring country.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-11-11 11:31 AM