The flight services were inaugurated S. Dhar, Transport minister of Meghalaya, G. B. Lyngdoh, MLA; M.Suresh, Regional Executive Director, AAI and officials present on the occasion. This is the first flight that has directly landed Shillong Airport from New Delhi. The services have been started by the Fly big airlines.
AAI stated that this maiden flight is aimed to offer reliable services to this popular tourist spot of North East India. Earlier the Airport was connected with Kolkata under Govvernment. Regional Connectivity Scheme. Due flight restriction during corona pandemic, regular flight services were temporarily suspended from Shillong.
This open wing flight is being operated on Q-400, taken as a charter where the airline company will subsequently be moving to their own aircraft in the next year.
Water cannon salute was given to the arriving flight as a welcome gesture by the Airports Authority of India and the State Government Fire Services.
AAI said that this historic day was made possible by the Government of Meghalaya through Meghalaya Transport Corporation inviting flight operations in the state with the objectives to Provide reliable and regular air connectivity to Shillong Airport, in the first phase of Inter State Air Service Operation in Meghalaya.
“Also, to provide an effective and reliable schedule with an adequate frequency, which allows for travel from one destination to another and back the same day as well as utilizes its own schedule with existing Airline-schedule to provide connectivity on trunk routes. And with the commitment that the operations are dedicated to the Shillong Airport, Meghalaya”.
The main scope included the Airlines Operator shall have to provide operations for the sector Delhi –Shillong –Delhi. Airlines Operator would be required to operate flights between Shillong and Delhi twice a week, initially for a period of 3 months, which may be extended based on the performance of the successful bidder (Operator) and demand trend from passengers, as per the provisions of the state Govt.
AAI said the flight operator was expected to deploy 40 to 80 seater aircraft in the sector. Accordingly M/s. Big Charters Pvt. Ltd. (Flybig) was awarded the contract for providing the link between Delhi-Shillong routes.