In a historic move to boost air connectivity between Myanmar and India, Myanmar’s private carrier Air KBZ started its chartered flight service between Mandalay and Imphal on Saturday.

The inaugural flight which departed from Mandalay landed at the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport at around 11:30 am. The maiden flight was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Education Th Radheshyam said that launch of such a chartered flight service would enhance air connectivity with neighboring countries, especially Myanmar. The chartered flight will be operational thrice a week.

The Minister further maintained that the State government is persuading the Ministry of Civil Aviation for granting a regular Imphal-Mandalay flight service.

Radheshyam informed that the first Air KBZ flight carried around 72 passengers from Myanmar and the return flight will depart from Imphal with 48 passengers including 5 officials.

He also appealed to the people to support such noble initiative from the Government of Manipur