Tuesday, January 18, 2022

International Flights Linking Bangkok, Bangladesh Cities to Start From Agartala Airport: AAI

The international flights from the Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) airport in Agartala would soon start operations connecting Bangkok via Guwahati airport and Chittagong and Dhaka in Bangladesh, Airport Authority of India (AAI) officials said earlier.

According to the AAI officials, the MBB airport, located 20 km north of the Tripura capital city, in terms of handling of aircraft and passengers is the second busiest airport in northeastern India after Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport in Guwahati.

The LGBI and Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal (Manipur) were earlier declared international airports and the Civil Aviation Ministry before starting the Bangkok and Bangladesh bound flights would soon declare the MBB airport as third international airport in the northeastern region, they said.

A water cannon salute was accorded earlier after the first flight with 143 passengers on board from Kolkata landed at the new integrated terminal building of MBB Airport, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 4.

The commissioning of the new terminal building on Saturday was attended by Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Pratima Bhoumik, who was among the first passengers to embark from the airport on Saturday.

A brief cultural function and a famous Hojagiri tribal folk dance was staged by the tribal women artists on the occasion.

Built at a cost of Rs 5,00 crore and with a built-up area of 30,000 sq. metres, the new integrated terminal building has been designed to handle 1,500 passengers including 200 international passengers during peak hours and it is equipped with all modern amenities, the AAI officials said.

18/01/22 IANS/News18

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