Spicejet to continue night flight services till 26 october
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bagdogra, 1 October
The first night flight landed at Bagdogra airport this evening. The private airline SpiceJet operated the flight Bagdogra to Bengaluru via Kolkata
The flight, which flew from Kolkata, touched ground with 56 passengers at 7.30 p.m. The tourism department facilitated all the passengers with offering flowers and sweets. The north Bengal development minister Mr Gautam Deb and the Darjeeling district magistrate Mr Punit Yadav were among the passengers from Kolkata.
The airline would operate the night flight service till 26 October after which it would decide whether the service would be continued. In the evening, the flight from Kolkata will touch Bagdogra at 7 p.m. and would depart for Kolkata at 7.30 p.m. From 7 October, another Delhi-bound flight would leave Bagdogra at 6.25 p.m.
The travellers were happy with the development.
A group of people from France also travelled in the flight. "We would be going to Darjeeling tomorrow. We travelled in the flight. The night flight service made our journey easier," said Mr Mat Phil, a resident of France. "I was supposed to go to Kolkata with the Air India flight at 2.40 p.m but after a long time I came to know that the flight has been cancelled but no airport officials informed me about the development. However, I am lucky enough to get the first evening flight here. I used to come to Siliguri on professional reasons. It is a matter of great joy that the night flight has been started operating here", said a resident of Kolkata, Ms Tulsi Sinha Roy, who booked her ticket on the return flight to Kolkata.
Mr Deb said: "It was a long standing demand of the people of north Bengal. It has been made possible with the tireless effort of the chief minister."
Meanwhile, an Air India flight was cancelled at Bagdogra airport due to technical reasons.