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Inter-island air service to start in Andaman & Nicobar from 24 July

Jul 14, 2014 12:12 IST

Andaman and Nicobar Island:  inter-island air service to start
An inter-island air service will start its operation in Andaman and Nicobar from 24 July 2014. The proposed commercial air service from Port Blair to Car Nicobar is being launched by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration.

Inter-island air connectivity will start with CRJ-700 model jet aircraft (chartered by Islands Administration) from Alliance Air Limited, a subsidiary of Air India. The weekly services would be operated from both ends on Thursdays.

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The first chartered flight with 67 passenger capacity will fly from the Veer Saavarkar International Airport, Port Blair to Car Nicobar.

Impact and benefits of the service

• The service will provide air connectivity to the southernmost Nicobar group of islands
• The service will help the island to get a better connectivity also during monsoons, which gets paralyzed during this period due to its dependence on the shipping services – considered as the lifeline for the islands  

Comment: This air connectivity will formally fulfill the longstanding demands of the tribal population (southern islanders) for better connectivity.

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