Flybig Airline is all set to start flying in the Cooch Behar of Kolkata aiming towards its exquisite market with targeting eyes.
The all new airline- ‘Flybig’ is set to fly into Kolkata next month. After the commencement of the covid-19 lockdown, FlyBig will be the second airline to start operations in the city. However, its plans have been delayed to the up surging covid-19 cases in India.
FlyBig, is a regional airline with its hub in Indore. It had plans to connect Kolkata with Rupsi in Assam’s Kokrajhar and Guwahati from April 1’21, however this didn’t take place well amidst the covid-19 rise. And, further has been postponed to 8th May’21.
International airline Fly Dubai had started services between Dubai and Kolkata in November 2020.
The Rupsi Airport is all set to operate from May 8
The Rupsi airport will now provide the people of lower Assam with direct flights to Guwahati and Kolkata.
As per information from the Airport Authority of India (AAI), the newly introduced domestic airline “FLYBIG” will start operating in the North-East region from May 8. The flight service will connect Rupsi with Guwahati and Kolkata.The airport is developed under the RCS-UDAN scheme.
Other destinations of North-East will soon be covered.
A trial flight was conducted on the Guwahati-Rupsi route by FLYBIG Airlines.
Flight services are scheduled to operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The FLYBIG airline is also set to connect the Dibrugarh and Tezpur in Guwahati, Pasighat and Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh, Aizawl in Mizoram, Shillong in Meghalaya and Agartala in Tripura.
As per the received sources, the airline has also stated, “the flight to Rupsi will tap into the Cooch Behar market. Residents of Cooch Behar town now have to travel five-six hours to take a flight to Kolkata from Bagdogra. The travel time will reduce substantially as Rupsi is an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Cooch Behar town”.
Yes, Cooch Behar has an airport. However, the runway isn’t long enough to allow operation of regional airlines.
- Only small planes with capacity of less than 20 passengers can operate from there, something that some non-scheduled operators, like North-East Airlines, had proposed.
- But commercial flights were never operated as the sector was unviable.
New focused aims
Promoted by Gurugram-based Big Charter Pvt Ltd, FlyBig, which began operations in December 2020, focuses on connecting tier-2 cities within India. It is a full-service carrier and serves meals on board and allows 15kg luggage per passenger.
Travel Agents Association of India chairman (east) Manav Soni welcomed the new airline. “This is a positive development. Since tourism will now be inland instead of overseas, the airline will open up vacation places in the northeast,” he mentioned.
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