There’s a new bird in the sky!
The first week of 2021 has brought the Indian aviation industry its newest airline, Flybig. The regional airline operated its first flight from Indore to Ahmedabad on January 3, 2021. The duration of the inaugural flight was one hour five minutes.
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In the initial couple of weeks, Flybig will operate three flights in a week. The airline plans to scale up its operations to five flights a week from mid-February.
Along with the Indore-Ahmedabad route, Flybig will add the Indore-Raipur route from January 13 in its network. The airline will begin flying from Ahmedabad to Bhopal from February 1, with an aim to operate daily flights connecting the three tier-2 cities by the end of March.
It must be noted that Flybig had gotten its permit from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on December 14, and partly begun operations on December 21, when it operated a chartered flight from Delhi to Shillong using a leased SpiceJet aircraft. Flybig will continue to operate two weekly flights between Delhi and Shillong with eventual plans to deploy its own aircraft on the route.
The operations on the Delhi-Shillong route coincide with the Meghalaya government’s move to relax travel restrictions to boost tourism to the state.
The launch of the new regional airline comes at a time of steady improvement in domestic air traffic, thanks to the government enabling airlines to use 80 percent of their operations capacity.
The airline will follow a hybrid model by serving snacks on board, but un-bundling other services due to the short flying time between its routes.
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