The wait for flyers in Tripura is over, as the New Integrated Terminal Building (NITB) of Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport, Agartala was today opened for passengers with the first flight arriving at 10 this morning. Water cannon salute was accorded to the first flight.
The big, beautiful state of the art airport began its services for the public on 15 Jan 2022. This NITB was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 04 Jan 2022. During the inaugural function of the new airport terminal building, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Tripura had the potential to become the gateway of northeast India to usher in all-around development of the region and this airport will help to achieve this.
The commissioning of the new airport terminal was attended by Union Minister Pratima Bhoumik. Talking to the media said to the media person that I am delighted to be a part of this historic moment and very fortunate to travel amongst the first passengers. The minister expressed happiness over the commissioning of NITB for the people of Tripura and said that very soon International flights will start to Dhaka, Bangkok from here.
A local folk dance HOJAIGIRI by the artists was also performed on the occasion. Minister along with Airport Director greeted the first arriving passengers with packed sweets.
The terminal building is considered to be one of the best in the region and it will be a delight for the travelling passengers to board and disembark from the New Integrated Terminal Building and experience the beautiful ambience of the New Airport. It has sculptures, paintings, murals and local artworks inside the airport which will connect travellers to the culture of Tripura.
With enhanced capacity, seamless facilities and spacious interiors, the airport will offer world class amenities. This airport will now cater to about 1500 passengers during peak hours, which is three times the old capacity. This will enable over 5000 passengers footfall per day in coming days. The check in counters are now increased to 20 where In Line Baggage Screening (ILBS) system will provide hassle free luggage drop facility.
The airport is now having bigger retail outlets with ample food and beverage counters providing wide range of options for the travelers. The central food court of the airport in city side will be among the major attractions.
The airport is equipped with four aerobridges for seamless embarkment and dismemberment. It also has six parking bays, more than double the previous one. The much-awaited international tag to the airport will soon be a reality once mandatory clearance comes. It will be the third International Airport in North East India after Guwahati and Imphal. Agartala will be directly connected to Dhaka, Chittgaon in Bangladesh and to Bangkok via Guwahati flight very shortly.