In a bid to provide excellent air connectivity in the North-East region, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has taken up the initiative to upgrade the Agartala airport to an international airport. To build additional infrastructure, approximately 246 acres of land has been sought from the Tripura government under the three-phase modernization programme outlined for the airport.
“Under the modernization programme for the Agartala airport, a new integrated terminal building is coming up. Although it would be a little smaller in size compared to the present one, it will offer all modern facilities to passengers. Agartala airport is being developed as a customs airport, and it is entirely the government’s prerogative to use it for international operations,” said VP Agrawal, chairman, Airports Authority of India.
The work to be done at the total expenditure of Rs 70-80 crore is expected to be completed within the span of next 2 years. Agartala airport spread over 500 acres of land is administered by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and comprises a domestic terminal and a single runway. Located 12 km southeast from the city of Agartala, the airport operates several flights in Agartala-Kolkata and Agartala-Guwahati routes every day.