The Indian government is going to spend approximately Rs 1232 crores for increasing the terminal passenger capacity in the Guwahati airport from the current 50 lakh to 1 crore 20 lakhs per year. This is because of the opportunity that Assam and Guwahati bring to the table for the country.
In an effort for connecting Eastern India better, Union Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, MoS Civil Aviation & MoRTH, General Dr. V K Singh (Retd.) flagged off the first direct flight of IndiGo airlines on Guwahati (Assam) to Pune (Maharashtra) route yesterday. Many other prominent ministers and state officials as well Parliament members joined the event from Pune.
Guwahati Airport Terminal to be Expanded
On the flight launch, Shri Scindia said that “I am delighted to witness this momentous occasion where the largest city of Northeast India – Guwahati, also called as Gateway to North East. The significance of Guwahati is not limited to North-East India, or entire India or the entire world, the city of Guwahati finds its mentions across the ancient scriptures as well. At present times as well, Guwahati is called the city of temples owing to the presence of temples such as Kamakhya Temple, Navagraha Temple, Umananda Temple & many more. Moreover, the city is one of the largest tea markets in the country. I am delighted to mention that 55% of our tea exports are generated from Guwahati alone. In addition to these, Guwahati is also home to oil refineries and education institutions such as IIT, TISS etc.”
The minister further added, “Guwahati is connected with 24 cities of the country with 885 aircraft movements. We are also putting in place a massive expansion & upgradation plan by increasing the terminal passenger capacity from 50 lac to 1 crore 20 lac per year, considering the opportunities available in Assam & Guwahati. The expansion cost of Rs. 1232 crores will be borne by the Central Government.”
The new flight service between both the cities will allow seamless travel and trade to happen between the two regions.