Guwahati: Amid the Covid crisis in the state, here’s good news for the people of Assam especially Dhubri and Kokrajhar, as regular flight services were made operational at Rupsi Airport on Saturday after 38 years.
At 11:40 am, FLYBIG Airlines’ first passenger plane landed at Rupsi Airport with 30 passengers on board.
All passengers arriving at the airport were greeted by the airport authorities.
Notably, a trial flight was conducted by Flybig Airlines on the Guwahati-Rupsi-Guwahati route earlier this week.
The trial run of the flight was completed safely and timely on Wednesday with extended support from the state government as well as concerned agencies.
The airport has been developed under the Regional Connectivity Scheme-UDAN and flight operations by Flybig Airlines are scheduled to operate regularly on the route on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Meanwhile, the airport’s official Twitter handle on Saturday tweeted, “Good morning from all of us here at #Rupsi Airport Folded hands. All decked Up! Waiting for our first commercial flight to land today”.
Historical Facts about Rupsi Airport
Rupsi Airport was built in the year 1943 by the British Central Command during World War II.
The airport was used by the 10th Squadron of the United States.
After the end of the World War II, the Indian Air Force used this airport during the Indo-Pak War in the year 1971.
From 1950 to 1960, many travelers traveled from erstwhile Calcutta to Dhubri for business-related purposes.
Rupsi Airport also played an important role from a military point of view.
The distance from the airport to China, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh is very convenient.
The airport is believed to play an important role in military and trade with South East Asia.
Reconstruction of the airport began in December 2020 after a long hiatus.