Under the RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme - Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme of the Indian government, IndiGo will operate the first direct flight in the Shillong-Dibrugarh route. The airline was awarded the concerned route during the UDAN 4 bidding process. IndiGo is being provided with Viability Gap Funding (VGF) so that it can keep the fares affordable and accessible for the common people flying in the route. IndiGo will be using a 78-seater ATR 72 aircraft for flying people in the Shillong-Dibrugarh route.
The first direct flight in the Shillong-Dibrugarh route was recently virtually flagged off by the Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia.
“Shillong is one of the highest & wettest places in the world. The place is important not only for the country but for the entire world. Shillong has always been known as Scotland of East due to the presence of rolling hills, caves, tallest waterfalls, beautiful landscapes, and its rich heritage and culture," Scindia said.
"This is just the beginning, we are further committed to enhancing the interstate & intrastate connectivity of North East. We want the bring the travellers from all over the country to North-East,” the minister added.