New Delhi: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) plans to develop two new airports at Kokrajhar in Assam and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh as part of its efforts to expand air connectivity to the northeastern states.
The AAI is also planning to develop an airport at Cheithu in Nagaland and upgrade infrastructure at Pakyong airport in Gangtok.
“Government of India is giving special emphasis for development of airports in Northeastern region and as per our plan, we are preparing feasibility studies for new airports in Kokrajhar, Tawang,” AAI’s executive director (Planning) G K Chaukiyal said at a conference on Airport Development and Modernisation.
To cope with the unprecedented traffic growth, the AAI is developing infrastructure at various airports across the country. “As per the modernisation drive, we are developing 35 non-metro airports,” he said adding techno-economic feasibility studies for 25 airports have been completed.
He said new terminal buildings are coming up at 14 airports and integrated cargo terminals are being developed at many airports in the country. Chaukiyal said the AAI will invest Rs12,000 crore in the 11th five-year plan.
“Although 80% airports under AAI are loss making, we are hoping to convert these airports to profit making ones,” he said. The AAI manages 127 airports in the country which include 14 international airports, 79 domestic airports, eight custom airports and 24 civil enclaves.