Jet Airways launched the first direct flight between Mumbai and Bagdogra on Sunday. The flight was given a water salute when it made the first landing at Bagdogra.
So far, Calcutta and Delhi were other metros which were connected to Bagdogra through non-stop flights. There are other flights between Mumbai and Bagdogra but they have stopovers at other airports.
The Jet Airways flight leaves Mumbai at 10.05am and arrives at Bagdogra at 1pm. The return flight would depart at 1.35pm and reach Mumbai at 4.35pm.
"The bookings are encouraging. This is the longest flight in terms of duration from Bagdogra. It is a major development and will help bring in more passengers to the region. As of now, around 22 flights operate out of Bagdogra everyday. The number will increase in due course," said Rakesh Sahay, the Bagdogra airport director.
Report by Avijit Sinha