SpiceJet will increase service to Northeast India – a region that is in dire need of flight connections to the rest of India – from October.

In addition to Guwahati, Agartala and Bagdogra, where the airline already flies, Silchar, Gorakhpur and Aizawl will be added to the route map. SpiceJet will deploy a Q400 aircraft on these routes.

Sarbananda Sonowal, chief minister of Assam thanked SpiceJet in a note saying: “Your decision to enhance air connectivity between Northeast and other parts of the country will serve as a fillip to the tourism potential of Assam and other North Eastern States.”

From October 4, SpiceJet will have daily return flights on the Kolkata-Silchar, Kolkata-Aizawl, Kolkata-Gorakhpur, Silchar-Guwahati, Aizawl-Guwahati and Gorakhpur-Delhi routes.

From November 1, SpiceJet will fly between Kolkata and Visakhapatnam in the south. This comes after its rival, IndiGo launched a service on the same route on August 15.