Through UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme), flight operations between the Capital City of Manipur (Imphal) and Meghalaya (Shillong) have been established on 3rd August 2021.
Due to the non-availability of any direct mode of transportation, people were compelled to cover a 12-hour long journey by road to reach Shillong from Imphal or they had to take a flight to Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati, then bus service to reach Shillong. The completion of the entire journey took more than 1 day to reach Shillong from Imphal or vice-versa. Now, natives can easily fly between the two cities by opting for a flight of just 60 mins from Imphal to Shillong and 75 mins from Shillong to Imphal. Shillong is the second city to be connected with Imphal under the UDAN scheme.
To keep the fares affordable, airlines are being provided Viability Gap Funding (VGF) under the UDAN scheme by the central government.
Indigo airlines will operate four flights in a week and will deploy its 78-seater ATR 72 aircraft.
Till date, 361 routes and 59 airports (including 5 heliports and 2 water aerodromes) have been operationalized under the UDAN scheme. The scheme is envisaged to establish strong aerial connectivity in all States and UTs of the country which hitherto were not connected, laying the foundation of a new regional segment in India’s aviation market.
Flight No 7959 will Depart from Imphal at 9.55am and reach Shillong at 10.55am. The return flight no 7961 will depart from Shillong at 11.15am and reach Imphal at 12.30pm