Regional airline FlyBig is planning to operate its flights in various routes across Northeast under UDAN scheme to boost regional connectivity.
The routes likely to be operated by the airline are: Guwahati–Pasighat–Guwahati, Guwahati–Tezu–Imphal–Guwahati and Tezpur–Lengpui.
All these sectors will have ATR-72 type aircraft in operation as informed by the airlines.
The airlines added that Guwahati–Rupsi–Kolkata route has been planned after Rupsi Airport in Assam opens for flight operations.
Informing more about the services, JT Radhakrishna, officiating Regional Executive Director, AAI-North East Region, said FlyBig airline’s services are expected to be operational after mid-November.
However, some new routes may be made operational by the end of 2020 or next year.
“Smaller aircrafts are the future of UDAN programme and as far as Northeast region is concerned, more routes are expected to be opened for regional connectivity as identified by government in UDAN 4.0. On the occasion we welcome new airline FlyBig in the region and expect their daily regular services here,” the official added.
These aircrafts have about 42-80 seating capacity which are favorable for regional connectivity and suitable for smaller airports.
Out of 78 routes identified by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, under UDAN 4.0 programme, Northeast region has got 40 routes under this regional connectivity scheme which will increase intra-regional connections.