The first commercial flight of M/s. Flybig airline landed on Saturday marking the beginning of new era at Rupsi, in Dhubri District of Assam and adjoining area.
As a gesture of welcome, water cannon salute was accorded to the incoming flight by the Rupsi Airport officials. All safety checks and mandatory security arrangements were done prior to the arrival. Considering the Covid19 guidelines, the proper marking and distancing measures were also ensured for all passengers. Earlier on 05 May 2021, a trial flight was tested and operational requirements were checked successfully.
Altogether 24 passengers arrived from Guwahati on the inaugural flight at Rupsi today. Late it departed for Kolkata at around 12:40 hrs.
Jyotirmoy Barua, Airport In-charge said that it a historic moment for all of us at Rupsi as regular flight services has started under the RCS- UDAN programme of Govt. It will ensure affordable flying for all specially the lower income group population here. UDAN flight provides cheap air fares for short destinations, connecting the unconnected. I am happy that everything was smooth and coordination from all agencies are appreciated, expect same from all here at Rupsi, he added.
M/s. Fly big airline was awarded routes under UDAN-Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik scheme of Government of India to operate flight service at Rupsi by Ministry of Civil Aviation, GoI. through a bidding process. It will operate flights on Guwahati- Rupsi-Kolkata route and back. Initially it will operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday as informed by the airline.
Airports Authority of India has re-developed this world war-II ear air strip of Assam at an estimated cost of Rs. 69 Crore. The foundation stone for this re development project was laid by Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal in February 2019.
Spread across 337 acres, the newly developed airport has a terminal building measuring 3,500 sqm. Equipped with 10 check-in counters, the terminal is designed to manage about 200 passengers during peak hours. The newly built runway is suitable for landing ATR-72 type aircraft.
The operationalization of Rupsi Airport will help boost the local economy of the Bodoland area and provide better connectivity to the air travellers of the adjacent districts from Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Kokarajhar, Goalpara as well as districts in the neighbouring states of Meghalaya, West Bengal and parts of Bhutan as well.