“It is indeed very satisfying to make our humble contribution in the development of Port Blair ... by connecting it to several Indian cities on the mainland,” GoAir Vice President (Airports, Customer Services & Nodal Officer) Kamal Kikani said.

“There is an immense scope to increase tourist traffic to the islands leading to the development of the local economy, employment opportunities, support services and quality of life in general,” he said at the press conference.

The service would start from October 1.

“The A&N Islands need to be given a special status like Jammu & Kashmir and also improved air connectivity for an all round development,” Islands Lt Governor A K Singh said.

Stating that 11 islands in Andaman & Nicobar have been provided with helicopter service for the people, he said, connecting many more islands with similar service would be done soon.

GoAir currently operates flights to Chennai and Kolkata which further connect to cities like Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and Ranchi.

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