The launch of a new commercial flight route from Bhopal and Hyderabad on March 29, 2022, was a watershed moment for flybig, which has created a buzz among travel enthusiasts.
Mr.Bikram Regional Deputy Commissioner of Security at BCAS, Mr.Mahendra Pratap, Deputy Director at DGCA, Mr.K.L Aggrawal, Airport Director, Airport Authority of India, Raja Bhoj Airport, and Mr.Mansingh Chief Airport Security Officer – CISF, along with Mr.Rajiv Sharma Senior Director, Ground Operations & CSO, flybig, were present at the Inaugural Commercial Flight which took off from City of Lakes, Bhopal at 19:50 hrs to City of Pearls, Hyderabad.
All officials present congratulated flybig on its Inaugural Commercial flight launch, and Mr.KL Aggrawal, Airport Director, Bhoj Airport, Bhopal, stated that regular flybig commercial flights from Bhopal to Hyderabad will play an important role in the convergence of new ideas among people in these two commercial and cultural hubs of Central and Southern India.
The flybig counters at Mihir Bhoj International Airport and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad were adorned with placards and banners announcing the start of flybig commercial flights from Bhopal to Hyderabad.
flybig Inaugural Flight provided special moments for flyers who boarded it, Mr.Premnath, who was given the buddy boarding pass, was overjoyed when he was invited for a photo opportunity by the flybig team and airport authority officials, along with the enlarged souvenir of the Buddy Boarding Pass. It was also a special day for Ms. Sonali because she was greeted and acknowledged with a bouquet of flowers by Ms. Bibiana (Terminal Head - GHIAL) for being the first guest to arrive from the inaugural flight when she arrived at Rajiv Gandhi Airport, Hyderabad from Raja Mihir Bhoj Airport, Bhopal.
Captain Sanjay Mandavia also issued a statement “Since its inception, flybig has focused on articulating its core business philosophy of converting rail miles to air miles by providing affordable air travel in the country. India is an aspirational country experiencing equitable growth across all regions, we have kept flight tickets low in order to provide the general public in our country with the opportunity to experience air travel; our flight tickets begin at 2999/-.”
The Indian Aviation Industry is thriving, and the country has emerged as the world's third-largest domestic market, allowing flybig to serve India's emerging aviation markets in Tier II and Tier III cities. This surge was evident at Wings India 2022 in Hyderabad, where flybig was named the best Airline Operator under the Regional Connectivity Scheme. During the event, flybig provided the Indian Aviation Industry with a much-needed Gati Shakti moment by signing a Letter of Intent with De Havilland, Canada, to purchase ten Twin Otter Series planes.
flybig is promoted by Gurugram based Big Charter Private Limited. It is the only airline in India, which started in the midst of Covid-19, Pandemic and is an illustration of Captain Sanjay Mandavia's bold vision; he has always been inspired by the grit and tenacity of the common people of India and wants to give it back to them by providing an affordable medium of flight service.
The airline is focused on connecting tier-2 and tier 3 cities within India. In its brief operational history, flybig has established flight routes in North East, South, and Central India.
It now operates across 7 states and 12 cities including, Indore & Bhopal in (Madhya Pradesh), Gondia in (Maharashtra), Hyderabad in (Telangana), Kolkata (West Bengal), Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Lilabari, Rupsi (all in Assam), Agartala (Tripura) as well as Passighat & Tezu (Arunachal Pradesh).
About Capt. Sanjay Mandavia, CMD- flybig
Capt. Sanjay Mandavia is an accomplished business leader and aviation expert with over two decades of experience as a pilot and entrepreneur. He has a flair for coming up with new ideas, which demonstrates his enthusiasm for the Indian Aviation Industry.
The launch of flybig by Capt. Sanjay Mandavia in January 2021, amid Covid-19, is certain to lay the infrastructural foundation for air connectivity and accessibility to the general public living in India's hinterland, and is consistent with the Government of India's stated goal of the UDAN scheme.
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