Monday, May 24, 2021

Flybig connects Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh with Guwahati

Guwahati: After foraying in the northeast airspace and flagging off its first flight from Guwahati to Rupsi in the second week of May, Flybig airline has expanded its operations to the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh, connecting Pasighat with Guwahati.

Flybig’s first flight to Arunachal arrived at the Pasighat airport on Monday morning from Guwahati. This is the second airline to operate in Pasighat airport which is maintained by the Indian Air Force and the state government.

Airport officials said direct flight connectivity with Guwahati, which has daily flights with major cities of the country, can give a major boost to tourism in the state. “In the next stage, Pasighat will also be directly connected with Shillong, while Tezu will get connected to Guwahati, making it convenient and quick to travel between these cities,” said a Flybig spokesperson.

Congratulating Flybig on the launch, Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu said the government of India and the state government are working tirelessly towards improving transport and communications sector in Arunachal Pradesh under PM Narendra Modi. “With connectivity will come opportunities. Our people can take advantage of this and get connected to the world — be it for commerce, health or higher education,” Khandu said.

Direct flights between Guwahati and Pasighat will start with a frequency of four flights per week. Aviation industry sources said this has not only reduced the travel hours significantly between these two destinations but also provided swifter travelling options to other regions like Rupsi in Assam and Kolkata in West Bengal. The airline began operations in January 2021 and is focused on connecting Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities within India.

24/05/21 Kangkan Kalita/Times of India

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