An international flight service would soon be started between Bangkok and Imphal via Mandalay after Manipur’s Tulihal Airport was upgraded to an international airport with the landing of a chartered flight of Golden Myanmar in November last year.
According to a highly placed official source, the proposal for starting the trilateral international flight service was put forward by the Thai Government in view of enhancing trade and tourism in the regions.
The Myanmar government has given its nod to the proposal, Hueiyen News Service reported. However, the Indian Government is yet to give a concrete response in this regard.
As per the proposal of the Thai Government, the flight service would be operated by ATR-72 aircrafts manufactured by the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer Avions de Transport Regional (ATR).
The ATR aircraft has a capacity of about 80 people.
Thai Airways and Golden Myanmar have expressed their intention to operate the flight service between Bangkok and Imphal via Mandalay. However, none of the Indian airline companies including the national carrier Air India has expressed intention for operating the flight service.
The flight duration between Mandalay and Imphal is about an hour.