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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

    Assam’s Silchar To Get New Airport Soon; Major Facelift For NE Airports On Cards

    Guwahati: Silchar town in Cachar district of Assam may soon get a new Greenfield Airport as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has received a proposal for the same. This was informed by the Minister of State (in-charge) for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri at the Lok Sabha while replying to a question raised by Guwahati MP Queen Oja.

    The Minister also mentioned that for development of the airport in Silchar, the AAI has requested the Assam Government to share the land details for a ‘pre-feasibility’ study. Puri also informed the House that the civil aviation department has granted ‘in-principal approval’ to set up a new Greenfield airport at Hollongi in the Northeastern of Arunachal’s Itanagar.

    It may be mentioned that the Silchar airport is the second busiest airport after the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport in Guwahati.

    Major Facelift

    Apart from the announcement of a possible Greenfield airport in Assam’s Silchar, the Minister informed the House that the AAI has taken initiatives to work on the development of the existing airports in the Northeast.

    Here are the details:

    • Works underway to build a new terminal building at Guwahati and Imphal Airports.
    • Re-carpeting the Lilabari Airport in Lakhimpur district is underway.
    • Extension of the runway and other development works are underway at Dibrugarh and Barapani Airports.
    • Strengthening of the runway is underway at Dimapur airport.
    • Construction of hangar and cargo building at Agartala airport.
    • Development works going on at Rupsi and Teju airports.

    International Air Connectivity

    In a bid to boost the international air connectivity from Guwahati, the AAI on behalf of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Assam government, has invited “interested bidders for submission of e-proposals for the International Air Connectivity (IAC) routes” between Guwahati and four cities – Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Nepal under the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme.

    It is the second round of bidding for to-fro commercial flight operations from Guwahati-Yangon, Guwahati-Hanoi, Guwahati-Kuala Lumpur and Guwahati-Kathmandu.

    The first round of bidding was conducted last year by the AAI under the UDAN scheme for the flight operations to international routes connecting LGBI – Bangkok, Kathmandu, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Dhaka, and Yangon. However, only two of the routes – Bangkok, Dhaka had attracted bids.



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