Agartala Airport (IATA: IXA, ICAO: VEAT) is a domestic airport located 12 km (6.5 nautical miles) northwest of the city of Agartala, the capital of the state of Tripura in India. It is administered by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). It is the 2nd busiest airport in northeast India after Guwahati and is proposed to be upgraded as an International Airport. A modern Air Traffic Control tower is being set up for the purpose. Jet Airways has temporarily suspended its services to this airport after they suspended operations of their low cost arm JetKonnect and became a full service carrier like Air India & Vistara. Presently IndiGo operates 4, SpiceJet 3 and Air India operates 1 daily scheduled passenger flight to & from this airport.
30 December 1949: a Douglas C-54A-DO cargo aircraft of Bharat Airways flying from Agartala airport to Calcutta airport crashed in Comilla, East Pakistan. The aircraft had a technical problem and crash landed in a village; all seven crewmembers died after the aircraft exploded, and many villagers were also injured.
9 July 1958: a cargo Douglas C-47A-75-DL of Indian Airlines flying from Agartala Airport to Dhaka-Tejgaon Airport crashed near Dhaka, East Pakistan. All three crewmembers died. During the preflight briefing the pilots were told about poor weather en route, but no weather deterioration at Dhaka was reported. Last contact with the flight was at 08:05 GMT when entering the Dhaka Control Zone. The cause was reported as structural failure in the air.
29 March 1959: A Douglas DC-3 of Indian Airlines with 20 passengers and 4 crewmembers crashed 56 km west of Silchar killing all 24. The DC-3 was operating on a flight from Calcutta to Imphal via Agartala and Silchar. The aircraft took off from Agartala at 10:10 for a 50-minute flight to Silchar. En route weather was poor (thunderstorms in the area southwest of Silchar). The aircraft didn't arrive at its destination and was found to have crashed due to structural failure.
21 April 1969: a Fokker F27 Friendship of Indian Airlines took off from Agartala Airport with 40 passengers and 4 crew bound for Khulna Airport, East Pakistan. It faced strong down currents while approaching Khulna. The crew tried to fly through the thunderstorm at low level but lost control in severe downdrafts and the aircraft crashed near the airport, killing all 44 people on board.
7 June 1970: A Fokker F27 of Indian Airlines flying with 34 passengers and 4 crew members overran the runway at Agartala after it touched down at a higher than normal speed 2,775 feet from the threshold; however, none of the passengers or crew members lost their lives. The aeroplane was later written off.