AGARTALA: The work for a face-lift of the Agartala Airport, the second largest airport in the northeastern region in terms of passenger traffic, will begin from February, 2016 as the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) have given clearance to the plan.
The entire project will cost Rs. 338 crore. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has invited tenders for carrying out the construction project.
The Tripura government has already acquired 72 acres of land spending an amount of Rs. 35 crore for the construction of the new terminal building.
A total of 45 flights are in operation in Kolkata-Agartala and vice versa route on weekly basis. Of the total, 17 flights are of Air India, 14 flights each are of IndiGo and Spice Jet.
The Tripura government has been demanding flight operations between northeastern states and adjoining Bangladesh to boost trade, tourism and above all, friendship bond between the two countries.
Currently, Guwahati and Imphal are two international airports in the NE region.