GUWAHATI: Guwahati's Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is all set to resume international passenger flight services from September 3, 2022.
Bhutan's national airline, Druk Air, will resume its service to Guwahati, providing international connectivity to North East India with Paro in Bhutan and Singapore.
Notably, Bhutan's Druk Air is the only international carrier that operates flights to Guwahati, the gateway to Northeast India.
Assam is in line to get connectivity to five more international destinations under India's International Udan scheme.
For more than two years, Druk Air's services were suspended due to the pandemic. Bhutan recently opened its international borders to visitors and now, with Druk Air resuming flight services to and from Guwahati, more travellers from eastern and northeastern India will be able to fly directly to Paro instead of taking the long route to Bhutan.
The flight will travel through Guwahati two days a week," said Utpal Baruah, chief airport officer at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport, when contacted. The Airbus-319 to be deployed in the operation will have over a 100-seat capacity.
Further, he informed that as per the initial plan, the flight will leave for Singapore's Changi Airport on Saturday and return on Sunday. Baruah said the resumption of the Druk Air flight will brighten the prospects of giving more commercial air connectivity to the northeast with ASEAN countries.
Druk Air connects Guwahati to Singapore's Changi Airport.
Druk Air will operate from Guwahati twice a week. The aircraft, Airbus-319 has a capacity of over 100. Its first flight from Guwahati since the pandemic will go to Singapore's Changi Airport.
Meanwhile, the Assam government is working towards five more international flight routes with neighbouring countries like Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh.
As of now, there are only two international airports in the entire Northeast of India and they serve eight states – Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. After Assam and Manipur, West Bengal is the next best destination for most travellers to Northeast India.