Agartala, December 17, 2017: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will invest Rs 2,500 crore in the next three years to develop regional air connectivity in the Northeast, AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra said here on Friday.
Mohapatra, after meeting chief secretary Sanjeev Ranjan at the state secretariat in the afternoon, said services would resume at Kailashahar airport of Tripura. Besides, Agartala airport, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati and Shillong airport will be modernised under the Regional Connectivity Scheme of the ministry of civil aviation, he added.
The scheme essentially seeks to connect the small cities of the region to the metros. The official held regional review meetings with airport officials of Guwahati, Agartala, Imphal and Silchar. He laid the foundation stone for an aircraft hangar at Agartala airport.
In the second round of Udaan,an initiative to boost regional air connectivity, bidders have selected Kailashahar airport of Tripura, 140km from here, for functioning of commercial flights. The airport was shut down in the mid- 1990s owing to shortage of space. TruJet, a private airlines operator, was chosen for Kailashahar airport.