Dhaka: Low-cost carrier Air Asia will start operations in Agartala (Tripura) from October 20, announced an AAI official on September 18.
"The Bengaluru-headquartered Air Asia got the initial approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to operate few flights from Tripura capital Agartala connecting Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and other cities of India," an Airport Authority of India (AAI) said.
He also informed that the preliminary work, including recruitment of supporting and ground staff, has already been completed.
The budget airline has been currently operating flights from Guwahati and Imphal.
Vipin Kant Seth, Director, AAI confirmed Air Asia's operation from Agartala's Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport, the second busiest airport in northeast India after Guwahati international airport.
Budget airline IndiGo recently launched daily direct flights on Agartala–New Delhi route, facilitating passengers from the northeastern state to go to Delhi without any stopover in Kolkata and Guwahati.
Currently, IndiGo and Air India are serving the Agartala route. They operate direct flights between Agartala and Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Imphal.