Monday, October 15, 2018

Cry for foreign flights from Bagdogra

Siliguri: People of Siliguri have demanded introduction of flights to foreign countries, especially Nepal and Bangladesh, from Bagdogra airport following the Centre’s plan to launch services to six Asian countries from Guwahati.

Under the UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) scheme, the Centre floated tenders for airline companies to run flights from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand), Yangon (Myanmar), Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Kathmandu (Nepal).

“There was a demand from Assam to introduce more international flights from Guwahati to connect the neighbouring Asian countries. The Airports Authority of India has already published notices, seeking proposals from airlines interested in operating flights to these destinations from Guwahati,” said a source.

The development has prompted Siliguri residents to raise the demand for international flights from Bagdogra that has been witnessing an unprecedented rise in passengers traffic over the past three-four fiscals. In the immediate past financial year, the number of passengers has crossed the two million mark.
15/10/18 Avijit Sinha/Telegraph
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