Inaugural flight of FlyBig, India’s newest friendly regional airline, which provides connectivity to destinations that were hitherto not accessible by air, landed on the tarmac of Swami Vivekananda Airport (SVA) at 2.50 pm on Wednesday. The inaugural flight (S9101), ATR 72 aircraft, arrived Raipur from Indore received a grand water cannon salute in the presence of Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials manning the airport. Moreover, the passengers of inaugural flight were personally received by Airport Director Rakesh Ranjan Sahay, FlyBig Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Captain Srinivas Rao and Managing Director Sanjay Mandaviya. In all, according to the AAI sources, the inaugural flight (S9101), ATR 72 aircraft, arrived here with 42 passengers whereas the return flight (S9102) departed from here with 48 passengers. “FlyBig plans to operation Indore-Raipur-Indore sector 5 times a week viz. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, wherein, it will arrive at 7:30 a.m. in the morning from Indore and will depart at 8 am for Indore,” the sources added. MLA Kuldeep Juneja and office bearers of Confederation of India Industries (CII) namely Amit Agrawal, Sandeep Goel and Satish Pandey. In the meantime, sources also affirmed that the focus of FlyBig and AAI is to develop smaller airports by boosting regional air services through such services. “Depending on the response, the private airlines, in conjunction with the UDDAN initiative, may also add more destinations in its operations list,” the maintained. It is pertinent here to recall that the private airline had received Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), a regulatory body in the field of Civil Aviation, primarily dealing with safety issues, on December 14, 2020. Hereafter, FlyBig Airlines’ CEO Captain Srinivas Rao on January 6 had also visited Raipur and reviewed the set-up at SVA along with APD Rakesh Ranjan Sahay for Raipur-Indore flight services, which finally commenced on Wednesday.