Kolkata: The private airlines which had resumed air services recently after a gap of 16 years from Cooch Behar to Kolkata in West Bengal has abruptly halted the facility. The state government has issued notice to the airlines over the irregular flight service.

The North-East Shuttle had started its service on the stretch on September 5 but after eight days it suddenly halted the operation citing various reasons.

WB Transport Secretary BP Gopalika said, “The flight last operated on the route on October 3, and the operator assured that it would resume operations by mid-November, but failed to do so.”

Gopalika said irregular service by the operator was a gross violation of the agreement and it could no longer claim subsidy.

“We have given a notice to the operator asking why the agreement signed by the state government should not be terminated because of breach of trust,” he added.

JPN/Bureau