The Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport has made a mark since its establishment in the year 1958. From being the only airport connecting the entire Northeast region with the country to handling millions of passengers it has come a long way.
It has also been renovated time and again to expand its services to passengers. It also witnessed the increase in annual traffic in all these years and in the year 2018-19 it witnessed a 23 per cent in annual traffic.
Currently, the LGBI airport is getting ready to house a new terminal with many first-of-its-kind features and it is expected to be completed by the year 2021. So before we get to see the brand new terminal, let’s look at what new features this terminal will have in store for us:
- The new terminal which is under construction will have broad features especially sustainable ones in the lines of environment conservation.
- The terminal will have a sewage plant, solar panels, rainwater harvesting, solid waste disposals and energy-saving lights.
- The cost of the project stands at Rs 1,232 crore and the Airport Authority of India officials have termed it as a megaproject.
- This airport terminal will have 10 passenger bridges, 25 lifts, 10 elevators and two travellators.
- Special features like craft village at the departure security hold area, green forest area inside the terminal building and iconic horticulture landscapes will woo passengers.
- Around 3000 people will get direct employment in the new terminal after its completion. While 20,000 people will get indirect employment.
- Also, many people will get employment in commercial establishments like hotels near the airport.
- The terminal building will have 100 per cent outdoor lighting fixtures.
Meanwhile, as LGBI remains the busiest airport in Northeast, under the Smart City Project it will get an aesthetically designed entry gate which will reflect the rich heritage of the state.
To boost connectivity with the South East Asian countries, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flagged-off the much-awaited Thailand-based carrier Nok Air’s first Guwahati-Bangkok direct flight on September 22nd, 2019.
On July 1st, 2019, the first Guwahati-Dhaka flight by Spicejet under the International Air Connectivity Scheme was flagged off. Also, last year connecting South East Asia with this region, DrukAir- Royal Bhutan Airlines introduced Paro-Guwahati-Singapore flight.
Feature photo credit: @sarbanandsonwal