According to the AAI officers, the MBB airport, situated 20 km north of the Tripura capital metropolis, by way of dealing with of plane and passengers is the second busiest airport in northeastern India after Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport in Guwahati.
The LGBI and Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal (Manipur) have been earlier declared worldwide airports and the Civil Aviation Ministry earlier than beginning the Bangkok and Bangladesh sure flights would quickly declare the MBB airport as third worldwide airport within the northeastern area, they mentioned.
Water cannon salute was accorded on Saturday after the primary flight with 143 passengers on board from Kolkata landed on the new built-in terminal constructing of MBB Airport, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 4.
The commissioning of the brand new terminal constructing on Saturday was attended by Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Pratima Bhoumik, who was among the many first passengers to embark from the airport on Saturday.
A quick cultural perform and a well-known Hojagiri tribal folks dance was staged by the tribal girls artistes on the event.
Built at a price of Rs 5,00 crore and with a constructed-up space of 30,000 sq. metres, the brand new built-in terminal constructing has been designed to deal with 1,500 passengers together with 200 worldwide passengers throughout peak hours and it’s outfitted with all fashionable facilities, the AAI officers mentioned.
The officers mentioned that the brand new terminal constructing is taken into account to be among the finest within the northeastern area and with all fashionable services, the brand new built-in terminal constructing would allow over 5,000 passengers footfall per day.
The Agartala airport, which was first in-built 1942 after the land was donated by the then Tripura king Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur, was used as a technical base for the Royal Air Force throughout World War II.
Agartala airport, earlier often called Singerbill Airport, was renamed after Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur in July 2018. It is being utilized in a giant method by Bangladesh nationals, for whom Agartala typically is the primary cease to a vacation spot in India or abroad because the airport is way nearer to their areas than their very own nation’s airports.
Tripura Transport and Tourism Minister Pranajit Singha Roy mentioned that because the MBB airport was already developed with all worldwide services and requirements, the state authorities has been urging the central authorities to provoke operation of flights from this airport to the neighbouring international locations.
According to historian and author Pannalal Roy, the land for the Agartala, Kailashahar and varied different (now deserted) airports in Tripura had been donated by the then Tripura kings.
“During the Second World War, King Bir Bikram supported and helped the Allied powers, especially Great Britain. He deployed a contingent of the Tripura Army to assist Great Britain. During that time Agartala, Kailashahar and other airports were built to facilitate the Allied powers,” Roy, who authored many books on Tripura’s royal historical past, informed IANS.
He mentioned that in 1943 Japanese fighter planes twice bombarded Agartala airport.