Budget carrier AirAsia on Sunday launched flight services to Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati and Imphal from Agartala airport.
Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, accompanied by transport and tourism minister Pranajit Singha Roy and two Lok Sabha MPs — Pratima Bhowmik and Rebati Tripura — flagged off the AirAsia operations at Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) Airport in Agartala.
Speaking at the event, chief minister Deb said air connectivity is very important for the northeastern state.
“When SpiceJet had withdrawn their service from the state early this year, I took up the matter with the Union Civil Aviation minister and requested him to take some initiative for more air connectivity with the state,” Deb said.
Air Asia chief operating officer Sanjay Kumar said 14 flights would operate in a week from the Agartala airport in Agartala-Kolkata, Agartala-Delhi, Agartala-Guwahati and Agartala-Imphal routes.
“We also have plans to extend our service for connecting Agartala with Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai. This is our 20th destination in the country,” he said.
Airport Authority of India (AAI) regional executive director Sanjiv Jindal said, Agartala airport would soon be upgraded with modern facilities.