In a major boost to air connectivity to Assam and Northeast, Rupsi Airport in Kokrajhar district has started its operations on Saturday (May 8). Earlier this week, Flybig Airlines conducted a trial flight on the Guwahati-Rupsi-Guwahati route.
The flight operations by Flybig Airlines are scheduled to start between Guwahati-Rupsi-Kolkata route from today. The flight is scheduled to operate on the route on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The time taken to reach Guwahati from Rupsi airport is about 40 minutes. Flybig airline has already opened bookings for the route.
The incoming flight was welcomed with water cannon salute. All safety checks and mandatory security arrangements were done prior to arrival. A total of 24 passengers arrived from Guwahati on the inaugural flight. The arriving passengers were welcomed by the Airport authority with traditional 'gamusa'. The flight later departed for Kolkata around 12.40 PM.
The airport will restart its operation after a gap of about 40 years. It was built during World War II and the revival work was completed a year ago in a record period of 14 months. The last flight from Rupsi airport was in the year 1982.
The newly developed airport is spread across 337 acres and has a terminal building measuring 3,500 sqm. The airport is equipped with 10 check-in counters. The terminal is designed to manage around 200 passengers during peak hours.
It is to be mentioned that the civil aviation ministry recently included Rupsi Aiport along with 78 routes under Phase 1 Udan 4.0 Bonanza to North-East under Act East Policy with the objective of ‘Sab Uden Sab Juden’.
Last year, the airport was conferred with the ‘Sir Visvesvaraya Award’ on Engineering Day celebration for Excellent Services in Engineering during a programme held in New Delhi.