Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Demand for upgrading Bagdogra Airport gains momentum

Bagdogra: A demand for the upgradation of Bagdogra Airport, the nearest airport to Darjeeling, a tourist hotspot, is gaining momentum.
Youth in Darjeeling and adjoining foothill areas came together on Sunday to demand the upgradation of the airport and for it to be connected to international destinations.
Darjeeling, known as the queen of hills, accounts for the bulk of West Bengal's tourism revenue. But the closest airport is nearly 80 kilometres away in Bagdogra.
Built around an Indian Air Force facility, Bagdogra Airport has several infrastructural shortcomings, forcing international tourists to change flights at Kolkata.
There has been a longstanding demand from Darjeeling-based business houses and civil society groups to put Bagdogra on the international air map to harness Darjeeling's tourism potential to the full.
11/12/06 ANI/DailyIndia.com, US
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