The renovation and construction of the Rupsi Airport in Lower Assam’s Dhubri district have been completed in a record period of 14 months.
The historic airport which had a significant contribution in World War II underwent major development changes from May 23rd, 2018 under the UDAN scheme of the Central government. The airport is now completely set for operations.
The airport is spread across 447 acres of land and the total budget accounted for the project was Rs 69 crore. The runway of the airport is around 1771 metres, a taxi-way has been developed, terminals for flights, waiting rooms with 250 seats have been constructed.
As per reports, initial flights will operate between Rupsi and Borjhar airport in Guwahati and tickets will cost about Rs 1,700. This airport will boost the economy and communication of the region.
The Airport Authority of India Engineers Guild on September 15th, 2019 awarded the Rupsi airport development project head with the Sir Visvesvaraya Award for excellent services in engineering and for finishing the project on time.
During World War II, the Rupsi Airfield was constructed during by the British to supply arms, manpower and ammunition to the Allied forces. Regional airline Vayudoot used to operate services to the airport in the 1980s but later withdrew its services. The airport stopped functioning in 1984.