With this, the scheduled commuter airliner will foray into the northeastern skies, hoping to strengthen air connectivity in the region. By Presha Mahajan
flybig, a new scheduled commuter airliner has kickstarted its journey of establishing and strengthening efficient air connectivity in India’s northeastern region. Under the Government of India’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (UDAN-RCS), a network from Guwahati to Rupsi, Pasighat and Kolkata was successfully initiated within 50 days in May this year.
June 25 onwards, direct flights between Agartala and Dibrugarh will commence operations, too; thus, easing the commute between Assam and Tripura. With a frequency of four flights per week, and an affordable airfare range starting from INR 999, it will now be easier for people to fly between the two states.
This will also significantly cut down on travel time. While covering the 750-kilometre-long distance between the two states ordinarily takes about 12 hours, the flight will reduce it to mere one-and-a-half hours.
In an official statement, Gaurav Rathore, Chief Commercial Officer of flybig—while celebrating the inauguration of the new route— says, “Agartala is one of the largest cities in the region, which is being developed under the Smart Cities Mission scheme. Dibrugarh, on the other hand, is an industrial centre in Assam with [the] highest tea production in India. Air connectivity between the states will stimulate development, enhance tourism potential, provide better opportunities to the youth and contribute towards shaping the economy.”
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The private low-cost Indian carrier has made provisions for comfortable and prompt travel options by commencing operations in eight out of 16 routes assigned to them, including a direct flight from Agartala to Guwahati, with a same-day departure and return availability. Doing so methodically connects three states in a notably short period of time. Second and third-tier cities are being brought under flybig’s purview since January 2021.
This increased network connectivity between states is a landmark move that has and will continue to make air travel affordable and accessible to all, alleviate employment generation, develop infrastructure and enhance the economic welfare across India.
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