Monday, November 02, 2020

AAI working to resume flight service from Umroi Airport

Shillong: With the proposed expansion of the runway at the Shillong Airport at Umroi hitting a roadblock, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is now on a mission to ensure that other projects like the extension of the apron and taxiway is completed at the earliest to revive flight operations from the near-defunct airport.

An official of the Airport said that work was affected due to lockdown and the Monsoon but it has picked up pace.

“We will have four aprons and two taxiways ready by June next year,” the official said while adding that the airport at the moment can handle two flights and once the facilities are in place, the airport would be able to handle four flights in a day.

At the moment, the airport is not connected by any flight.

The Kolkata-Shillong ATR flight which was launched last year was suspended in March this year due to the pandemic.

The airport is currently being used for landing and take-off by air ambulances to transfer seriously ill patients.

The airport is expected to get busy once flight operations begin under UDAN 4.0.

02/11/20 Shillong Times

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