Flybig, India’s newest airline has started its operation from today (03 Jan 2021); The airline has operated its first scheduled flight from Indore at 2.30 PM to Ahmedabad, using an ATR72.
“Taking off to a fresh start and marking the commencement of our first flight from Indore to Ahmedabad! Happy to announce that our check-in counters are now open. So get set to soar. It’s time to #flybig”Flybig Twitted
Flybig CEO Srinivas Rao said that the airline will later scale up its operation to have five flights a week. But in an initial couple of weeks, the airline will operate flights only thrice a week.
Starting 13th January, the airline will add the Indore-Raipur route to its network. And by the start of February, the airline will start operation from Ahmedabad to Bhopal.
Flybig has also informed that it will have daily flights connecting all three tier-2 cities by the end of March this year.
It must be noted that Flybig has an ATR aircraft, and it is in the process of getting a second one.
Srinivas told Moneycontrol that the airline opened bookings two days ago and the interest is good and it has have seen bookings of 25 percent.
He further added that the airline has tied up with over 15,000 agents, many of them in the tier-2 cities. Talks are also on with online travel agencies also.
The airline also said that it has organized a ‘special flight’ for the differently-abled on New Year’s Eve in Jabalpur and aiming to add the city to its network in the second stage.
नव वर्ष की शुभकामनाएँ !! जस्टिस तंखा मेमोरीयल रोटरी स्कूल फ़ोर स्पेशल children की सपनो को साकार कर Flybig ने हम सब का दिल जीत लिया। मेरे लिए और इन बच्चों के लिए इससे अच्छा नव वर्ष का क्या तोहफ़ा हो सकता था। #newbeginnings #NewYear2021 pic.twitter.com/QsKSqFjNuN— Vivek Tankha (@VTankha) January 1, 2021
The starting of the operation of the airline comes at a time when the domestic air traffic in the country continues to boost due to the festive season and year-end travel.
Also, to boost its operation, the DGCA recently had hiked the cap, enabling airlines to now use 80 percent of their capacity.
The Flybig had got permission for operation from the DGCA on December 14 and has partly started its operations on December 21 when it operated a chartered flight with the aircraft taken on wet lease from SpiceJet.
T-528— AAI Shillong Airport (@aaishillong) December 21, 2020
Today, #AAI's #ShillongAirport made a significant presence in #Aviation map.
The inaugural flt by @flybigairlines connecting #Meghalaya with Delhi greeted with customary water salute.
Flight inaugurated by Hon'ble Minister of Transport🙏@AAI_Official @aairedner @prnerghy pic.twitter.com/HePbTwr9Tw
Notably, the airline had flown from Delhi to Shillong to coincide with the Meghalaya government’s step to open up the state for tourism as domestic travel recovers gradually from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per updates, the airline is aiming to follow a hybrid model by serving snacks onboard, but un-bundling other services.