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SpiceJet gives Northeast connectivity a boost, adds flights there

NEW DELHI: Northeast India is all set to get better connectivity with low cost carrier SpiceJet launching a number of flights for the region using its Q400 fleet. From October 4, the LCC will fly to Silchar, Gorakhpur and Aizawl. It will operate new flights on sectors like Kolkata-Silchar-Guwahati; Kolkata-Aizawl-Guwahati and Kolkata-Gorakhpur-Delhi. Kolkata-Visakhapatnam-Kolkata flights will be from November 1.

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“To celebrate the launch of the new sectors, the airline is offering tickets at an all inclusive introductory fares of – Rs. 2127 for the Kolkaka-Aizawl and Rs. 1899 for the Aizawl-Guwahati sectors; Rs. 3699 for the Kolkata-Silchar and Rs. 4188 for Silchar-Guwahati sectors; Rs. 3210 for the Kolkata-Gorakhpur and Rs. 3335 for Gorakhpur-Delhi sectors. The new schedule will also include additional frequencies with a direct flight on its existing routes of Kolkata-Bagdogra and Kolkata-Guwahati,” the airline said.

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Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, in a message to SpiceJet chief Ajay Singh, said: “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 NE states.”

SpiceJet senior VP (commercial) Shilpa Bhatia said: “Enhancing the country’s regional connectivity has always been a prime focus for SpiceJet. And with the new aviation policy in place, there is an added encouragement to enter the underserved markets.”

“Northeast, despite being a crucial tourist locale, has been deprived of good air connectivity. Hence, our new schedule lays special attention on this region, connecting the major hub-points of the seven sister states. And we look forward to further strengthen our presence in this market in the near future,” she added.

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