In a major boost to air connectivity in the northeastern state of Tripura, low-cost carrier SpiceJet is set to launch its first ever international flight service from Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in Agartala to Chittagong in Bangladesh. The service is expected to begin by the first week of June, pending necessary clearances for immigration and customs.
The announcement was made by Tripura Transport Minister Sushanta Chowdhury during a press conference on Tuesday, highlighting the significance of the move for the state’s economic growth and tourism industry. The development comes after Chief Minister Manik Saha met with Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in Delhi, requesting for an increase in air connectivity to the region.
The new flight service is expected to be a game-changer for the northeastern region of India, opening up new opportunities for trade, business, and tourism with Bangladesh. With Chittagong being a major commercial hub and port city in Bangladesh, the flight service will facilitate easier access to markets and supply chains in both countries.
The Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in Agartala has undergone significant upgrades in recent years, with new infrastructure and modern facilities to accommodate international flights. The airport is currently serviced by several domestic airlines, including IndiGo, Air India, and Vistara, with direct flights to major cities across India.
SpiceJet’s foray into international air travel from Tripura is expected to provide a much-needed boost to the state’s economy, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline is known for its low-cost fares and affordable travel options, making it an attractive option for both business and leisure travellers.
The move is also expected to have a positive impact on tourism in the region, with Chittagong being a popular destination for travellers from India. With its rich history, cultural heritage, and scenic beauty, the city is a major draw for tourists from around the world. The new flight service will make it easier for Indian travellers to explore Chittagong and other parts of Bangladesh, while also attracting Bangladeshi tourists to visit Tripura and other parts of northeastern India.