By bappaditya paul
LOW COST AIRLINE IndiGo on Wednesday introduced its maiden daily flight between Kolkata and Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagaland in north-east India.
With the launch of this flight, IndiGo becomes the second airline to operate a flight on the Kolkata-Dimapur sector; until now national carrier Air India was the only one operating three flights a week to Dimapur on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The new IndiGo flight not only connects Dimapur to Kolkata but also facilitates a stop-over connectivity to the national capital Delhi. IndiGo said in a release that Dimapur has become its 33 domestic destination.
The flight, 6E-606, will take off from Dimapur at 1.10 pm everyday, reaching Kolkata at 2.40 pm. After a brief stop-over, it will fly out from Kolkata at 3.25 pm and land in Delhi at 5.40 pm.
The return flight, 6E-605, will depart from Delhi at 8.25 am and land in Kolkata at 10.25 a.m. It will take off from Kolkata at 11.25 am and touch down at Dimapur at 12.40 pm.
Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang was present at the Dimapur airport on Wednesday to greet IndiGo’s maiden flight by cutting a cake along with IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh. The inaugural flight from Dimapur took off at 1.30 pm with 116 passengers on board.
In a statement, Mr Ghosh said: “The launch of new flights to and from Dimapur is a progressive step. Adding Dimapur on our network is a testimony of our commitment towards connectivity across the country’s corners bringing more and more people closer to their dreams and new opportunities.”
IndiGo is India’s largest low cost airline with a market share of 37.1 per cent as in February 2015. With its fleet of 94 new Airbus A320 aircrafts, the airline offers 623 daily flights connecting 33 domestic and five international destinations, namely, Bangkok, Dubai, Kathmandu, Muscat and Singapore.