New Delhi, Oct 0: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for declaring the Bhubaneswar and Imphal airports as international airports to fulfill the long pending demand of people as well as the State Governments of Odisha and Manipur.
This will offer improved connectivity, wider choice of services at competitive cost to the air travelers resulting in boosting international tourism and economic development of the region and the country.
The Biju Patnaik Airport or the Bhubaneswar Airport belongs to Airport Authority of India and is suitable for operation of large-bodied aircraft and is also equipped with facilities for night operations.
“The modification of the existing domestic terminal building into international terminal building suitable for handling international operations has been completed,” the statement said.
Six check-in-counters, custom counters and immigration counters are being provided and the requisite facilities of customs, immigration, health services and animal and plant quarantine at the airport have also completed.
The Imphal Airport, which also belongs to Airports Authority of India (AAI) and is suitable for handling medium-size aircraft like Airbus A-320 in all weather conditions.
“Major facilities at the airport, include night operations, parking for three A-320s, one turboprop ATR-72 at a time, and 19 check-in-counters, custom counters, immigration counters and sufficient space for health services and animal and plant quarantine are being provided at the airport,” the statement added. (ANI)