New Delhi: Flybig, a scheduled commuter airline, and IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) have entered into an agreement to facilitate travellers to book air tickets for flybig’s scheduled air operations routes through the air ticket booking facility available on IRCTC booking site and Mobile application so that everyone can travel to remote areas where rail connectivity is unavailable.
This partnership with flybig is an initiative to make travel partners more accessible to diverse parts of India that have recently been connected to the rest of the country. This partnership is under the ambit of Government of India’s flagship scheme, “DEKHO APNA DESH” and UDAN “UDE DESH KA AAM NAAGRIK”.
Commenting on the strategic partnership, Capt. Sanjay Mandavia, CMD, flybig said, this partnership with IRCTC will allow the passengers to book their travel tickets to flybig’s northeast destinations seamlessly without hassle through the IRCTC portal online for both its individual and corporate travellers.
“It is a step forward from ‘Rail miles to Air miles’ – underlining flybig’s philosophy and aspiration to connect every farthest airport location, providing last mile connectivity options to those locations hitherto unconnected even by Rail – at the most affordable fares and catalysing growth of state and regional economic market opportunities.”
“It is my strong belief that every new destination connected by flybig will not only enhance air accessibility and boost tourism across destinations but also open new vistas of economic opportunity of untapped demographic landscapes of India. “Furthermore, I do believe that this facility will augment movement of Indian security forces – Armed & Para Military forces to various critical sectors in the north eastern states.” Capt. Mandavia added.
Flybig launched its services in the North East in the second week of May 2021. Currently it operates across 4 states and 8 destinations including Kolkata (West Bengal), Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Lilabari, Rupsi – all in Assam, Agartala in Tripura and Passighat and Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh. flybig has operates one ATR 72-500 and Two ATR 72-600 aircraft. It also plans to bring in two Bombardier Q400 transport aircraft on wet lease into its fleet to further enhance capacity and add further routes.