Tripura : Demand for upgradation of Agartala airport to international ,but When ?

December 17, 2017, 12:24 pm
By: Pradip Chakraborty
Agartala(Tripura): For  long time a popular demand has been rounds to  convert Agartala airport situated in the border town into a mini international airport. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry  have also made similar demands  at  various forums.
The Bangladesh Business groups are also demanding the same  for the  last few years. The  business forums  are demanding to connect Agartala  with the Bangladeshis business capital Chittagong and capital Dhaka by air so that  export and import may go up .
The  Bangladeshi business groups can easily come to  Agartala and similarly Indian Businessman can avail air travel to  Chittagaong and Dhaka. Presently the Bangladeshi business tycoons are moving to Agartala by road through Akhura International check post. Tripura businessmen who are involved in export and import business are  also plying on  roads to visit important business centres in  Bangladesh.
The  Airport Authority of India(AAI) have  started work for the  upgradation of the  airport. Work on  the  new terminal building has  already started and the  runway extension work icontinues. It is expected that  the work would be completed within a span of  2 years.
Due to the communication lag between the two countries various business groups from the neighbouring country of Bangladesh  have  already   established their production units in the state capital  Agartala. 
Popular  groups from Bangladesh like  PRAN is producing several items in their outlets situated in  Agartala . Pran is a a household name  dealing with beverages  and dry fooditems in their Bodhjongnagar Industrial centre. They  have also set up  an   office in the capital city Agartala.
 Pran group authorities say  that  there are nearly 200 trained emloyees   like engineers, chemists and MBAs who are stationed in Agartala.
Recently Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar also raised similar demands to upgrade Agartala Airport into Mini Airport. According Sarkar  the sunlight in the  airport continues  for a longer time  and is  just next to Guwahati  International Airport as far duration of sunlight is concerned .  Major  players in the aviation sector  operates their flights  to    Agartala. Flights are frequently operated by several airlines, such as SpiceJet, Indigo, and Air India. The popular routes from this airport include 10 weekly flights between Agartala and Kolkata and 7 weekly flights between Agartala and Guwahati.
Other airlines that provide scheduled flight services to the Agartala Airport include Jet Airways and Jet Lite. Cities like  Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Imphal, Silchar, Aizwal, Hyderabad, and Bangalore and Coimbatore are also are directly connected by air with Agartala.
The Agartala Airport is situated 12 kilometers towards the northeast of the capital city of Tripura and is the second   busiest airport in Northeast India. The airport was established in 1942 by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur.
During the Second World War, the Agartala Airport was used by the 4th Combat Cargo Group. It was also used as the supply point from where pellets of ammunitions and supplies were air-dropped for use by the Allied forces.
Climate of  Agartala is  also influenced by the monsoons, with a humid subtropical climate that is characterized by much rainfall throughout the year. Travelers can best enjoy travel to this city during the months of September to February.

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