Shillong: The new-born regional airline, FlyBig airline is all ready to begin its Delhi-Umroi-Delhi flight operations from December 21. However, the airline is yet to have an aircraft of its own on this route. The Meghalaya government has signed a contract with the Flybig airlines to operate direct Delhi-Shillong flights.
In the Shillong flight inaugural on December 21, the Transport Minister of Meghalaya Sniawbhalang Dhar would represent the state government. The airline is making arrangements to operate a Bombardier Q400 aircraft, twice a week. The flights will operate from Umroi, Shillong airport to Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. Umroi Airport is located in Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya. It is around 30 KM from Shillong. India's new scheduled commuter airline, FlyBig (Big Charter Pvt. Ltd) was given the contract through a tender, which was put forward by the Meghalaya Transport Corporation at the beginning of 2020.
A government notice issued on Thursday said, "Due to Covid-19 restrictions, FlyBig would take some time to operate its own aircraft on this route. However, to commence operations immediately, FlyBig is making arrangements to operate a Bombardier Q400 aircraft (which is as per an agreement) available as charter."
It further added that additional sectors and flights out of Shillong are planned in the months to come.
The first flight would depart from Delhi on December 21 at 10 AM. It will arrive at Umroi Airport at 1.10 PM. It would leave Umroi Airport at 1.50 PM and finally arrive back in Delhi at 5 PM.
The tender floated by the Meghalaya Government was for a period of three months. However, the contract may be extended later based on the performance of FlyBigand also, the demand by the passengers.
The new Delhi-Shillong-Delhi flight should have a seating capacity between 40 and 80.