In a major development in aviation sector in Northeast India, Bhutan’s flagship carrier DrukAir will be starting new international flight operations between Guwahati and Singapore. The new flights will take-off on September 1 next from Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi International (LGBI) Airport, Guwahati.
The announcement was made by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the ceremonial launch programme held at Hotel Vivanta by Taj in Guwahati on Thursday.
Bhutan Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay was also present at the launch event.
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With the launch of the new route by DrukAir, the flight will be the only international flight to connect Paro in Bhutan via Guwahati to Singapore.
Terming the initiative as historic, Sonowal said that diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan would receive a boost with the launch of new flight by Drukair - Royal Bhutan Airlines connecting Guwahati with Singapore.
Sonowal expressed his deep appreciation to the Royal Government of Bhutan and Drukair - Royal Bhutan Airlines for the endeavour to connect Guwahati directly with Singapore.
While acknowledging the deep-rooted relationship between India and Bhutan, Sonowal also said the new development are the outcomes of bilateral talks between Bhutan and Assam.
On August 2, Bhutan’s Consulate General Phub Tshering met Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi and discussed various pertaining issues, including flight operations, trade, tourism and so on.
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Apart from facilitating trade and improve people to people contact among Bhutan, Assam and Singapore, the new initiative in aviation sector would also give a major fillip towards strengthening social, cultural and economic ties.
“Bhutan has always been our most exotic and resourceful neighbour with its unique and vibrant ethnicity and is known for promoting peace and human values,” he said.
The new connecting flights to Singapore will help boost Assam as its position as the gateway to South East Asian countries.
(With PTI inputs)