Guwahati, February 4, 2019
To boost connectivity between Assam and South East Asia, direct flight from Guwahati to Dhaka and Bangkok will begin from next month. This was informed by Assam Act East Policy Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary on February 3rd, 2019.
“Under the UDAN (Ude Desk Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme, flights are expected to start between Guwahati, Dhaka and Bangkok within the month of March. To support the operations, the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati is being upgraded and a terminal will be constructed,” Patowary said while addressing a panel discussion in the ongoing 2nd ASEAN-India Youth Summit here.
He added, “The physical proximity of ASEAN countries to Guwahati is less than the major metropolitan cities of India. with the Act East Policy, Assam and the North East has re-positioned itself as the centre of the ASEAN region.”
Water Aerodrome In Guwahati
Six water aerodromes will come up in Assam, Gujarat and Telangana under the third phase of the regional connectivity scheme (RCS) announced by the ministry of civil aviation on January 25th, 2019. SpiceJet and Turbo Aviation won licences to operate on water bodies under the government’s subsidised air travel scheme UDAN.
SpiceJet also won rights to operate overseas under the international leg of the scheme connecting Dhaka and Bangkok from Guwahati in Assam.
A total of 73 proposals were awarded to 11 airlines under UDAN 3 on January 25th, 2019. IndiGo, Jet Airways, and SpiceJet have won bids for 235 regional connectivity services. This includes tourism routes, towns in the Northeastern region and international destinations apart from seaplane operations.
2nd ASEAN-India Youth Summit
The five-day 2nd ASEAN-India Youth Summit that began on February 3rd, 3019 will conclude on February 7th, 2019. Union Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the 2nd ASEAN-India Youth Summit at Hotel Taj Vivanta in Guwahati.
It is indeed a great pleasure to interact with enthusiastic youths from ASEAN.
I thank DSG @ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Mr Kung Phoak, Union Tourism Minister Shri @alphonstourism ji & @indfoundation for making this happen in Guwahati, the 'Gateway to #SEAsia. pic.twitter.com/BqrQuPw1mB
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) February 3, 2019
It may be mentioned that over 100 youth delegates from Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Brunei, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia took part in the summit tag-lined Connectivity: Pathway to Shared Prosperity. The summit has been organised by India Foundation and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.