The chief minister had discussions with officials from FlyBig and Transport department.
As the State Government is making due efforts to obtain air operators permit from the Union civil aviation ministry at the earliest, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told reporters on Friday, “We discussed with the operators and the officials, we are hopeful that all the permission will be received very soon from aviation ministry we are hopeful that flight will start soon I don’t say anything right now in terms of date but I am hopeful that very soon we will be able to start the flight.”
The State Government is presently waiting for the paperwork and the formalities to be completed as the FlyBig team also paid a visit to the Umroi airport to survey.
“We are waiting for the paperwork and permission to be done,” the Chief Minister said.
An official of AAI said FlyBig would have to get the nod from AAI to operate from the Umroi airport and initially would fly on three routes. ‘FlyBig’ is the new name in domestic airline focusing its routes on UDAN through the regional connectivity scheme of the central government.
The routes, which will operate initially in the Northeast, are Guwahati-Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh), Guwahati-Tezu (Arunachal Pradesh)-Imphal, and Tezpur (Assam)-Lengpui (Mizoram), the AAI said.
Indigo Airlines which was operating a Shillong-Kolkata flight is yet to announce the resumption of their services