Bhubaneshwar & Imphal airports to go International

The Union cabinet has approved declaring Bhubaneswar and Imphal airports as international airports.
Declaration of these airports as international airports will offer improved connectivity, wider choice
of services at competitive cost to air travellers resulting in boosting international tourism and economic development of the region and the country.
The international airport status to Imphal airport holds significance because of Manipur’s proximity to neighbouring Myanmar. With India becoming more aggressive in its Look East policy and Myanmar opening up, Manipur could become a key regional hub for international flights to South East Asian countries.
Imphal Airport, which belongs to Airports Authority of India (AAI), is suitable for ‘C’ type (Airbus 320 or
321) of aircraft operations in all-weather conditions. It has facilities for night operations, 2,746 metre long runway, apron to park three A-320 and an ATR-72 at a time.
AAI had modified the terminal building, having an area of 6,592 sq m, to integrated terminal building.
It had put in navigational aids, 19 check-in-counters, custom counters, immigration and sufficient space for health services and animal and plant quarantine were being provided at the airport.

Biju Patnaik Airport at Bhubaneswar also belongs to AAI. It is suitable for operation of Code ‘D’ aircraft of type Boeing 767-400.

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