Bagdogra airport springs back to life

Bagdogra airport buzzed back to life on Tuesday, providing the much needed relief for tourists, traders, tour operators and cab operators, as 26 flights — packed with tourists rushing to the north Bengal or Sikkim hills — operated through the day. Celebrating the occasion, the airport organised a water cannon salute for passengers reaching the airport in the day’s first flight — an A320 operated by Air Asia from Bangalore — that touched down at 8.02am. 

Operational between 8am and 5pm, there were 26 flights on Tuesday, seven from Kolkata, eight from Delhi and three each from Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad as 4,297 passengers reached the airport and 3,509 departed on the first day of reopening. 

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