Guwahati: Regional airline Flybig has suspended its direct flight service between Lilabari and Guwahati from Wednesday after the carrier failed to receive the amount as promised by Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah under the UDAAN scheme.

The suspension of the air service was announced by the airliner’s official, Ratan Ambhore, on Wednesday.

Ambhore said: “A sum of Rs 4 crore promised by Lakhimpur MP under the UDAAN scheme had not been paid to Flybig due to which the company decided to suspend its services.”

Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah, however, claimed that Flybig has failed to provide a regular flight schedule on the Guwahati-Lilabari route because of which passengers were left dissatisfied. 

The direct flight services between Lilabari and Guwahati were introduced by Flybig on November 3, 2021. The flight service was operated under the UDAAN initiative connecting regional destinations.

As this initiative was aimed at connecting the entire northeastern region in order to boost and encourage tourism at affordable rates, the cancellation of services has affected the region.

Direct flights between Guwahati and Lilabari had remained suspended from mid-2019 as Air India and SpiceJet had stopped their service under UDAAN. However, currently Air India still operates direct flights between Lilabari and Kolkata.

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