Agartala, June 19, 2019
As the transport industry is booming in the Northeastern(NE) region, the Agartala airport is all set to become the third international airport in the region tentatively by early of 2020. The Guwahati and Imphal airports are the first and second international airports in the region respectively.
As per media reports, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) has informed about the ongoing works of the Maharaja Bir Bikram(MBB) Airport and the work will be completed by the year-end. But if the works are hampered due to the monsoon season or any other factor, then the declaration would be made by early 2020.
Here are some facts you need to know about the third international airport Of NE:
- The AAI has undertaken a Rs 438 crore project to upgrade the Agartala airport to international standards by providing world-class facilities.
- The present Agartala airport was built during the year 1942 by the then King Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur.
- The Agartala airport is the second busiest airport in the Northeast.
- During World War II, this airport was used by the 4th Combat Cargo Group of the US Army Air Forces 10 Air Force, flying Curtiss C-46 Commando aircraft over Myanmar.
- The airport was also a supply point from which the unit air-dropped supplies and ammunition to the advancing Allied forces on the ground during World War II.
- The state government has provided 72 acres of land to the AAI for the construction of the new terminal building, runway and other necessary infrastructure.
- After the inauguration of the airport, flights from the state to Dhaka, as well as other Bangladeshi cities like Chittagong and Sylhet, will be operated.
- The airport handles an average of 9 lakh passengers every year.
- The Union Civil Aviation Ministry last year renamed the Agartala airport, earlier known as Singer bill Airport, after Tripura’s last ruler Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur.
- The airport is located 20 km north of the capital city and sits just along the Bangladesh border.
It may be mentioned, the AAI is now implementing projects worth Rs 3,400 crore for the upgradation of various airports in the northeastern region.