SpiceJet has commenced service between Guwahati and Dhaka under the International Air Connectivity Scheme (IACS) from 1 July 2019. The flight will depart Guwahati at 11.55 am, while it will leave Dhaka at 2.10 pm every day.
The service between Guwahati-Dhaka is the first to fly under the UDAN International scheme. The promotional airfare for a one-way trip between Guwahati and Dhaka costs INR 3,355.
The first flight between the destinations was flagged off by Sarbananda Sonowal, the Chief Minister of Assam at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. Spicejet has deployed Bombardier Q400 aircraft in the route.
We are now looking to connect all the capitals of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal (BBIN) countries with Guwahati,” Chief Minister said. “We’ve already requested the Civil Aviation Ministry to do the needful, he added.
Assam government has started an initiative to boost international connectivity. The state government planned to establish connectivity to six destinations, including Dhaka, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Yangon, and Kathmandu. But it received valid bids only for two routes – Dhaka and Bangkok, both from SpiceJet. Thus, the state government is providing an annual viability gap funding of INR 11 crore for the routes. According to reports, the Government will consider more bids in future after an assessment of the sanctioned two routes.
We believe the tremendous success of Regional Connectivity Scheme can be replicated in IACS as well; thereby making international air travel much more affordable and convenient for Indians, SpiceJet Chief Marketing Officer Debojo Maharshi said.
SpiceJet will also introduce new daily flights on the Bengaluru-Belagavi-Bengaluru route. SpiceJet now operates two flights under IACS and 43 flights connecting 24 cities under UDAN scheme.
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