Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Expansion of Air Connectivity in North-East


The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri K.C. Venugopal informed Lok Sabha today that at present, scheduled air services are available at nine airports in the NE Region viz. Agartala, Lengpui (Aizawl), Bagdogra, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Guwahati, Imphal, Jorhat and Silchar. In addition, Lilabari, Shillong and Tezpur are also operational airports but scheduled flights are not operating from these airports at present. Shillong airport in Meghalaya is an operational airport. However, at present no commercial operations are taking place from this airport.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has constructed a new terminal building at Barapani (Shillong) airport with an allocation of Rs.28.27 crores in the 11th Five Year Plan. The work commenced in June 2009 and completed in May 2010 at a cost of Rs.29.70 crores.
There is a proposal for expansion and modernisation of Shillong airport and Rs.75.65 crores has been earmarked for this project in the 12th Five Year Plan.
08/05/13 Press Information Bureau