Tinsukia: Amid the ongoing coronavirus scare, budget airline SpiceJet has announced suspension of its operations from Assam’s Mohanbari Airport in Dibrugarh from March 24, snapping direct air connectivity between Guwahati and upper Assam.
The development comes within days of the airline issuing an advisory “travel without worry”, which drew flak from all corners.
The Guwahati-Mohanbari operation was launched almost two and a half years ago from Mohanbari Airport in October 2017. The operation was flagged off by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Confirming the development, Mohanbari airport manager A Prakash told EastMojo that the airline had decided to suspend its operations from Mohanbari airport from March 24, Tuesday for an “indefinite” period of time. “I believe they can operate one flight between Kolkata and Mohanbari and Guwahati and Mohanbari, if not both,” he added.
The airline was operating four flights from Mohanbari — two between Kolkata and Mohanbari and two between Mohanbari and Guwahati — the only direct air connectivity between Guwahati and Mohanbari.
“The suspension of flights will lead to harassment and increase in the fares,” Ashish Agarwal, a resident of Tinsukia and a frequent flier, said, adding “These are the testing times when we expect corporates like SpiceJet not to back out.”