On Monday, Assam tourism minister Jayanta Mallabaruah initiated the FlyBig flight services from Lokapriya Gopinath Borodoloi International Airport in Guwahati, with 64 passengers travelling to Dibrugarh.
The flights will operate under an agreement with the Assam government. Further, it will cover the routes between Guwahati-Dibrugarh-Guwahati and Guwahati-Silchar-Guwahati.
Flybig Maiden Flight from Guwahati to Dibrugarh
The Assam government has taken steps to improve intra-state air connectivity by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Big Charter Private Limited, also known as Flybig, in March of this year.
The agreement entails the operation of daily flights on the Guwahati-Dibrugarh-Guwahati and Guwahati-Silchar-Guwahati routes.
Assam currently has six to seven operational airports. Furthermore, the flight operations will adhere to the UDAN scheme introduced by the central government. Subsequently, the state government will provide viability gap funding to support the carrier operator.
The Assam government and Big Charter Private Limited (Flybig) agreement has ensured fixed pricing for the Guwahati-Dibrugarh-Guwahati and Guwahati-Silchar-Guwahati flight routes, with a maximum price limit of Rs 4,000. The state government will cover any additional costs.
The Regional Connectivity Scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) by the Ministry of Civil Aviation has already been completed for five years, with the first flight launched in April 2017. These flight services will comply with the scheme.
The goal of the scheme, launched in October 2016, was to meet the needs of the general public by enhancing aviation infrastructure and air connectivity in Tier II and Tier III cities.
Additionally, the government has authorized a plan to revive and improve 100 under-served and unserved airports, helipads, and water aerodromes by 2024. Furthermore, the initiative is continuous, with bidding rounds held periodically to expand to additional destinations, stations, and routes.
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