GUWAHATI: The new name in domestic airline focusing its routes on UDAN through regional connectivity and planning to operate its services in the North East India is a regional Airline — FlyBig. Of the 78 routes identified by the Ministry of Civil Aviation under UDAN-4.0 programme, the Northeast region has got 40 routes under this regional connectivity scheme which will increase intra-regional connections.
The CEO of FlyBig airline, it was informed that the airline is very much enthusiastic about their first operations in NE. The routes likely to operate initially from LGBI Airport Guwahati are: Guwahati to Pasighat and return; Guwahati-Tezu-Imphal and back to Guwahati; and Tezpur- Lengpui. These sectors will have ATR- 72 type aircrafts in operations, stated a press release. The Guwahati-Rupsi-Kolkota route has been planned after the Rupsi Airport in Assam opens for flight operations.
Informing more about the services, JT Radhakrishna, officiating Regional Executive Director, AAI- North East Region said that the FlyBig airline's services are expected to be operational after mid-November this year. However, some new routes may also be made operational through the same airline by the end of this year or next year.
Smaller aircrafts are the future of UDAN programme and as far as North East Region is concerned, more routes are expected to be opened for regional connectivity as identified by the Government in UDAN 4.0. "On the occasion, we welcome new airline FLyBig in the region and expect their daily regular services here," he added.
These aircrafts have about 42 to 80 seating capacity which are favourable for regional connectivity and suitable for smaller airports, the release added.
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