The Agartala airport is up for a major overhaul and will be upgraded to international standards, for which the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has earmarked Rs 450 crore. The AAI also hopes to complete the upgrade by 2016.
Informing this to the media on 21st November, Tripura Transport Minister Manik Dey said ground work like survey and other related works have already been completed, and work will be started shortly. Dey said the State Government has urged the Centre to declare Agartala airport as an international one, with flights to Dhaka and Chittagong in Bangladesh for improving trade and commerce between the two countries.
A master plan has been prepared for upgrading the airport and 72 acres of land acquired by the State Government was handed over to AAI for expansion of the runway. Dey said after the upgrade, the airport would be able to handle 1,000 passengers per hour.
Considered the second busiest airport after Guwahati, more than 17 flights operate everyday from the Agartala airport. It will also be the third international standard airport after the Guwahati and Imphal airports. The Centre has also announced that Imphal’s Tulihal airport will be made an international airport after its modernization.