Assam Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary formally launched an air ambulance service at Dispur on Thursday.

Delhi-based Flaps Aviation Private Limited will operate its air ambulance service from Guwahati with its brand as ‘Book Air Ambulance’.

The air ambulance is equipped with all emergency medical equipment and medical team to take care of patients on board.

Unveiling the service, Minister Patowary expressed that the air ambulance service will usher in a new era of health care for the patients of Assam and Northeast.

“Since the air ambulance will be parked in Guwahati airport, it will lessen its cost by half. Earlier an ambulance had to fly from Delhi to take a patient from Guwahati to the national capital. Besides, the services will also facilitate organ transplantations during critical time,” the Minister added.

Minister Patowary further said that night parking facility will be available at LGBI Airport from next month and Spicejet Airways has agreed in principle to operate its early morning and late evening flights to and fro in the Delhi-Guwahati air route.

He said that Government of Assam has requested the ministries of External Affairs and Civil Aviation to connect the capitals of the ASEAN countries to Guwahati under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) which are at a flying distance of 2 hours from Guwahati.

“Works are on process to convert the LGBI Airport to international standard and the Union Government has already sanctioned an amount of rupees one thousand crores for development of a new terminal in LGBI Airport,” said Patowary.

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