NEC intends to launch the air line service by January 1 next year.
The basic objective of the airline would be to provide air connectivity to all the state capitals in the Northeast as well as other airports in the region including Bagdogra in north Bengal.
Further, it has plans to provide a schedule with a minimum frequency which allows for travel from one destination to another as well as to utilize the existing airline schedules to provide connectivity on trunk routes
The aircraft to be inducted in the new airline would be Jet or turboprop ones with short take-off and landing capability.The carriers must have a minimum start-up capital of Rs 30 crore and operate at least four aircraft with a take-off mass of over 40 tonnes.
This has been a long-standing demand of all the seven state governments in the region, with Nagaland already buying helicopters for commercial service linking remote districts.
The proposed airline is expected to operate 400 flights every month connecting the region internally by the end of 2009.
The government is also considering a proposal to relax norms to allow airlines flying in the Northeast to connect international destinations from Guwahati airport.
According to Airports Authority of India officials, the absence of night landing or instrument-guided landing facilities in most of the Northeast airports, it was difficult for commercial flights to land after 4 pm.
Eight airports are likely to get night landing facilities.A detailed project report is being prepared to set up a new airport in Sikkim at an estimated cost of Rs 340 crore. Sikkim government will pay about Rs 100 crore and provide land at Pakyong. At present Sikkim depends on Bagdogra airport near Siliguri.
The AAI has also selected sites at Banderva near Itanagar and Chiethu near Kohima for new airports in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland respectively. Construction of these airports is likely to be taken up during the 11th Five-Year Plan.
Airlines might be permitted to provide connections out of Guwahati to countries in Southeast Asia. Besides improving connectivity, this could also contribute to the viability of airline operations in the Northeast.
The Centre also plans to study how to link some of the tourist destinations in the Northeast like Tawang, Kaziranga and Majuli island by air.