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Long-awaited dream of the people of Kailashahar: Tripura to get new Airport in Kailasahar

Tourism and Transport Minister Sushanta Choudhury announced plans to enhance air connectivity by establishing a new airport in Kailasahar, the headquarters of Unakoti district in Tripura.

The Civil Aviation Authority of India has undertaken the project to refurbish the previously abandoned Kailasahar airport in Unakoti district.

On Tuesday, Minister Sushanta Choudhury visited the inactive airport, which ceased operations in the 1990s due to space constraints

Kailasahar MLA Brijit Sinha, former MLA Mobashwar Ali, Tripura Transport Department Secretary Uttam Kumar Chakma, DM Unakoti District Tarit Kanti Chakma, SDM Kailasahar Pradip Sarkar, Agartala Airport Director Kailash Chandra Meena, TRTC’s Managing Director Sajal Biswas among others accompanied the Minister during the visit.

Later, under the chairmanship of minister Sushanta Choudhury a high-level meeting was held at the conference hall of Unakoti Circuit House in presence of senior officials of the Airport Authority of India.

Tourism and Transport Minister Sushanta Choudhury said, “Under the UDAN regional connectivity scheme, the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation plans to reopen closed airports nationwide to expand regional air communication services.”

He praised the efforts of the BJP-led government in Tripura, led by Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha, for taking significant steps towards the overall development of the state, particularly the rapid expansion of the communication system.

Choudhury revealed that Tripura’s second airport in Kailasahar will soon be established, with funding from the central government after signing a Memorandum of Understanding for land allocation.

He said, “The airport’s opening will be done in two phases, starting with the renovation of the existing facility and launching a 17- or 20-seater aircraft to operate on various routes.

If all goes according to plan, the new flights are expected to start by this year’s ending.”
Minister Choudhury said, “In the second phase, the Kailasahar airport’s runway will be extended by acquiring additional land from the public. This phase might take time but will be carried out gradually.”

He expressed hope that the airport’s renovation and opening will have a significant positive impact on the tourism industry, leading to increased employment opportunities and overall economic development in the region and the state.


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