MoU signed for Imphal to Mandalay air service
IMPHAL, 3rd July: The long awaited Imphal-Mandalay air service is going to become a reality very soon as one of the premier airlines of Myanmar, Air KBZ has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Imphal-based KB Enterprises on Wednesday.
The MoU was signed at the head office of Air KBZ at Yangon between Air KBZ chief operating officer U Kyaw Han and Pangambam Kunjabihari (KB) of KB enterprises in the presence of Air KBZ chairman U Aung Aung Zaw. Though the MoU has been signed, the date of commencement of the flight depends on the ministry of civil aviation as well as the state government.
The flight will not only connect Imphal and Mandalay directly but will also fly from Imphal to Bangkok via Mandalay. This would be one of the first scheduled flights that will fly from Imphal International Airport.
Few years back KB Singh was instrumental in bringing the Golden Myanmar flight from Myanmar during the Sangai Festival and so far there has been nine International Golden Myanmar flights that has landed at the Imphal International Airport marking it as an international airport.
During the event, Air KBZ expressed its willingness to start the operation as early as first week of October this year. The consulate general in Mandalay as well as the Embassy of India in Myanmar appreciated the effort and expressed their support in making it a success. The airline also expressed appreciation to the state transport department for the support and enthusiasm for this flight.
A high level delegation of AIR KBZ was in Imphal last month and had held several meetings with various stakeholders which include director of Airport Authority of India, Imphal, transport department, India Foundation among others.
Though steps have been taken to start the flight, there will be much needed support from the transport department and also from the civil aviation ministry. Introduction of the flight would be an important landmark and would bring the people of Manipur and Myanmar closer.