Under the government of India’s UDAN scheme, SpiceJet has announced direct flights between Kolkata and Lilabari.
Lilabari, located in the Lakhimpur district of Assam, is SpiceJet’s tenth destination under the regional connectivity project. Owing to its close proximity to Arunachal Pradesh, the Lilabari Airport serves both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Earlier this year, SpiceJet’s chairman and managing director, Ajay Singh had stated that the airline is exploring possibilities for introducing seaplanes on Assam’s Brahmaputra river.
Additionally, at Assam’s Global Investors Summit 2018, Airports Authority of India also expressed the government’s interest in making Assam – the hub of UDAN.
Meanwhile, SpiceJet has also announced direct flights connecting Jabalpur with Kolkata and Hyderabad, to further boost the regional connectivity scheme.
All new flights and frequencies of SpiceJet are scheduled to commence operations from January 15, 2018.
SpiceJet was awarded 22 new sectors under the second phase of UDAN scheme. These include Kannur (Kerala), Darbhanga (Bihar), Ozar (Nashik), Pakyong (Sikkim), Kishangarh (Rajasthan), Lilabari (Assam), Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu), Bokaro (Jharkhand) and Solapur (Maharashtra).