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Air Asia flight services for Tripura to start from October 20 : Agartala-Kolkata flight tickets available at around Rs. 3000 now
TIWN Oct 9, 2019
Air Asia flight services for Tripura to start from October 20 : Agartala-Kolkata flight tickets available at around Rs. 3000 now
PHOTO : Air Asia flight flying in the sky (File)

AGARTALA, Oct 9 (TIWN): Low-cost carrier Air Asia would begin operations in Tripura from October 20. Flight tickets’ booking for the first flight to Agartala MBB Airport via Air Asia started already. After checking, it has come out that Kolkata-Agartala route is costing around Rs. 3000 whereas Agartala Guwahati route is charging Rs. 1600 around and Delhi-Agartala is costing over Rs. 5000 on Wednesday. When Kolkata and Guwahati connectivities are to serve from October 20, the Delhi-Agartala to begin from 21st October, according to the tickets available in online services. The Air Asia flight’s launching news has energized Tripura Airway passengers, but the good news lies in the flight launching is the company is going to connect Tripura with Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and more states."The Bengaluru-headquartered Air Asia got the initial approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to operate few flights from Tripura capital Agartala connecting Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and other cities of India," an Airport Authority of India (AAI) official said.

He said Air Asia is likely to start operations from the fourth week of October and the preliminary work, including recruitment of supporting and ground staff, has been completed.  

The budget airline has been currently operating flights from Guwahati and Imphal.  Talking to media, AAI Director Vipin Kant Seth confirmed Air Asia''s operation from Agartala''s Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport, the second busiest airport in northeast India after Guwahati international airport.  Budget airline IndiGo recently launched daily direct flights on the Agartala-New Delhi-Agartala route, facilitating passengers from the northeastern state to go to Delhi without any stopover in Kolkata and Guwahati.  Currently, IndiGo and Air India are serving the Agartala route. They operate direct flights between Agartala and Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Imphal.  

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Transport and Tourism Minister Pranajit Singh Roy and the state''s Members of Parliament have written several letters to the Prime Minister and Civil Aviation Minister to increase the flights to and from Agartala.

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