Domestic carrier Indigo started another flight from Dibrugarh airport to Imphal on Monday under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) – UDAN programme of the Government of India.
The Indigo flight number 6E 7948 is now connecting Kolkata and Imphal with Dibrugarh, daily. This flight will take around 1 hour and 15 Minutes to reach Imphal from Dibrugarh.
The inaugural ceremony was held in the presence of R. Awasthi, Airport Director (Dibrugarh Airport), Gautam, Assistant Commandant (CISF) and other Airport Officials of AAI and Indigo with few first passengers.
Expressing his views on the inaugural flight, R. Awasthi, Airport Director said that the increase in the number of flights along with connecting various destinations is making Dibrugarh Airport an aviation hub for travelers from around the country and the world.
“The RCS- UDAN scheme has added wings to the existing travel experience, especially for first-time travelers. Presently, there are a maximum of nine flights departing from Dibrugarh Airport, handling around 1200 Passengers every day, amid covid-19 related advisory. And we are optimistic that once the restrictions are lifted, the Airport will reach its pre- Covid level air traffic growth enabling passengers more convenience in air travel,” Awasthi said.
Now Dibrugarh Airport is connected with four state capitals of North Eastern India namely, Guwahati, Agartala, Imphal and Dimapur.
The flights under the RCS- UDAN scheme has connected various remote areas of North-East India and helped boost travel and trade.
It has also reduced the travel time significantly and added convenience to passengers coming from Arunachal Pradesh and Assam with Manipur.
This is the third flight under RCS- UDAN scheme to start its operations from Dibrugarh Airport. The first flight connected Dibrugarh with Dimapur (presently the flight is suspended), while the second flight connected Dibrugarh with Agartala which is presently operational on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
On the occasion, the passengers have also shared their joy with the Airport Officials regarding their ease of travel and also appreciated the efforts taken by the Government of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Airports Authority of India and Indigo airlines for connecting new routes and making this flight operational.
Upon its arrival, the inaugural flight was welcomed by a water cannon salute.