International Flights From Assam’s Guwahati Airport Resumes After 2 Years

by Sushmita Mahanta
International Flights From Assam’s Guwahati Airport Resumes After 2 Years

After the two-year Pandemic break, Guwahati’s Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport finally resumed international flights. On September 3, 2022, Druk Air, Bhutan’s national airline, restarted services between Guwahati (GAU), Paro, and Singapore. Bhutan’s Druk Air is the only international airline to offer flights to GAU. According to LGBIA officials, the first Druk Air flight that took off on Saturday left from GAU to Singapore at 9.10 am. Druk Air will also operate a flight from Guwahati to Paro in Bhutan on Sundays.

Details About The First International Druk Air Flight That Left Guwahati Airport After 2 Years

On Saturday, Flight KB540 left Paro Airport at 08:15 AM and landed at 08:17 AM at Guwahati airport. After an hour of being on the ground, the flight departed GAU at 09:10 AM and landed at Singapore Changi at 16:10 local time. The flight had an overnight stop and returned from Singapore on Sunday at 12:30 PM to reach GAU at 14:30 local time as KB541. With the international flight services being resumed from Guwahati, Druk Air will operate once a week, with outbound flights on Saturdays and return flights on Sundays. Speaking about the flights being resumed, an LGBIA official said, “Prior to the pandemic, Druk Air used to operate flights from Paro to Singapore and back with a stopover in Guwahati on both ways. But the flights were stopped in 2020 due to Covid restrictions.”

Efforts Of The Indian Government Are Underway To Start More International Flights

Guwahati Airport is close to Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and other destinations and according to officials, efforts of the Indian Government are underway to start international flights from Guwahati to Yangon (Myanmar), Kathmandu (Nepal), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Hanoi (Vietnam) and Bangkok (Thailand) within the next few months. Earlier, as part of the Centre’s UDAAN scheme, a Guwahati to Dhaka, Bangladesh flight was introduced in 2019 but the service was later discontinued due to scarcity of traffic. However, with the government’s wish to promote more international travel from the city, the officials of LGBI Airport hope to see more international flights from Guwahati in the upcoming years.

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