Patna: Direct flight service to Guwahati begins

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PATNA: The first direct flight from Guwahati was given water salute on its arrival at Patna airport at 9.25am on Wednesday. After a 30-minute halt, the SpiceJet (SG-461) flight took off for Guwahati at 9.55am. It completes its one-way journey in one hour and 10 minutes.

the flight received a good response from the flyers on its maiden journey as 75 out of 189 seats had been booked for Patna and 140 for Guwahati (SG-462).

Patna airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria said the SpiceJet aircraft would not only resolve the direct connectivity issue between Bihar and north-eastern region, but would also add to the influx of tourists to the heritage, historical and religious sites in Bihar. “The flight will increase tourism between the two states,” he said.

Lahauria said the daily flight (except Sundays) would also enable hassle free travel for students, business people, devotees and tourists who till now had to visit Guwahati and adjoining places via Kolkata and Delhi.

SpiceJet station manager (Patna) Syed Hasan said the Patna-Guwahati flight is a gift to the flyers on the beginning of Navaratra. “Trips to Kamakhya, Cherrapunji, Silchar and Shillong will now be easy,” he said, adding there was a great demand for a direct flight between the state capitals.

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