Air India to start additional flight to Aizawl from Kolkata

Mizoram has only one direct air link with Kolkata, operated by Air India, after Jet Airways withdrew its service from the state citing non-viability of route. Air India (AI) has deferred the additional flight service to Mizoram on the Kolkata-Aizawl-Kolkata sector from April 2-9, said the principal consultant for state civil aviation, Wing Commander Joe Lalhmingliana on Monday.

The schedule was postponed owing to operational compulsion, a statement said. The airline also fixed fares, as per which, Kolkata-Imphal route was fixed at Rs 5,716, Imphal to Aizawl at Rs 2,995 and Aizawl- Kolkata (via Imphal) was fixed at Rs 3,495. The additional flights will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The withdrawal of flight service by Jet Airways had greatly affected commuters especially traders, patients and students as they have to go to nearest airport in Silchar, Assam, about 150 km from Aizawl to catch a flight. The state government is also taking measures to revamp the runway of Lengpui Airport, the only airport in the state, according to eastmojo.