Guwahati, Sep 22 : Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today flagged off the first direct flight to Bangkok from Loknath Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport.
Nok Air which will be flying its sortie between Guwahati and Bangkok, will enable passengers to reach the destination at Don Mueang near Bangkok in less than three hours offering a convenient connection to both business and leisure travellers twice in a week.
Mr Sonowal viewed that introduction of the flight is not just an extension of airline route but more importantly a futuristic gesture.The Chief Minister said it will give a boost to the State Government’s initiatives to transform Guwahati as the gateway to the ASEAN region.
He said it will go a long way in reinforcing the cultural and economic ties between Assam and Thailand and strengthening the bilateral relations.Keeping this in view, Government of India has taken up steps to connect six South East Asian destinations from Guwahati under UDAN scheme.
On July 1 this year, first Guwahati-Dhaka flight by Spicejet under International Air Connectivity Scheme was flagged off.
The flight marked roll-out of UDAN-International, pioneered by Assam Government with Viability Gap Funding of Rs 100 crore.
In the next few months, flights connecting to Kathmandu, Yangon, Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur will also commence.
Last year DrukAir – Royal Bhutan Airlines introduced Paro-Guwahati-Singapore flight.(UNI)