During a session at the Tripura Legislative Assembly, a senior minister revealed that the process of introducing international flight services between Agartala in India and Chittagong in Bangladesh is at an advanced stage.
In response to a question from CPIM MLA Jitendra Chaudhury, Transport Minister Sushanta Chowdhury stated that the international flight service from Agartala’s Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport to Chittagong could commence at any time.
The minister said that the service was initially planned to be launched in June. The contract for operating the Agartala-Chittagong flight services under the UDAN scheme has been awarded to the low-cost carrier SpiceJet.
The BJP government has taken steps to resume air services from the no longer operational Kailashahar Airport in Unakoti district to benefit the local population.
An additional 75 acres of land is required to resume flights from the existing airport, which is situated near the Indo-Bangladesh border and remained closed since the early 1990s due to a lack of passengers.
The Unakoti District Magistrate (DM) has been tasked with preparing a project report for the Kailashahar airport.
Additionally, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has prepared a detailed project report for establishing a new greenfield airport in Kailashahar, located in the Hiracherra tea estate, approximately 140 km away.
Both proposals are under consideration to restore air connectivity from Kailashahar, which serves as the Unakoti district’s headquarters.