Guwahati: Assam Tourism Minister Jayanta Mallla Baruah flagged off FlyBig Flight services between Guwahati-Silchar-Guwahati with 63 passengers onboard on Thursday.
The maiden flight to Silchar, a key town in the state which is about over 300 kilometres away from the capital city, had a total of 63 passengers against its capacity of 72.
The flight services will be executed in non-UDAN routes and will have a far-reaching impact on the tourism industry by improving intra-state connectivity, said Mallabaruah.
Taking to Twitter, minister wrote, “As per the agreement, these flight services will be executed in Non- Udan routes and it intends to have a far-reaching impact on the tourism industry by improving domestic connectivity.”
He further added, “ATDCL will support FlyBig through VGF funding and weekly operation of flights in both the sectors will be decided mutually by both the parties. These flights will follow a schedule of operating at 7.30 am to Silchar from Guwahati and it will have a return journey from Silchar at 8.30 am everyday. This is a very remarkable day for ATDC and I hope this initiative will definitely help in the growth of our region from all aspects.”
Last month, too, another FlyBig flight service from Guwahati-Dibrugarh-Guwahati was started.
The Assam government inked a Memorandum of Understanding with Big Charter Private Limited ( or Flybig) in March this year.
Under the signed understanding, a decision was made to operate flights between Guwahati-Dibrugarh-Guwahati and Guwahati-Silchar-Guwahati routes on a daily basis.
Assam has a total of six-to-seven operational airports.