Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport
Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport
Side view of the terminal building
|Owner/Operator||Airports Authority of India|
|Serves||Agartala, Tripura, India|
|Elevation AMSL||14 m / 47 ft|
|Statistics (April 2018 - March 2019)|
Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport, also known as Agartala Airport,   (IATA: IXA, ICAO: VEAT) is a domestic airport 12 kilometres (7 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 third busiest airport in North East India.
The airport was designed and built in 1942 by the then Maharaja of Tripura, Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur Debbarman. It had one primary runway, 05/23, which is now used as a taxiway to Runway 18/36.
During World War II, the airport was used by the 4th Combat Cargo Group (4th CCG) of the United States Army Air Forces Tenth Air Force, flying Curtiss C-46 Commando transport aircraft over Burma. The airport was used as a supply point from which the unit air-dropped pallets of supplies and ammunition to the advancing Allied forces on the ground.
The 4th CCG operated from the airport during December 1944 and January 1945, after which it moved to Chittagong.
The airport experienced international operations when Indian Airlines flew to Dhaka-Tejgaon Airport and Khulna in East Pakistan/Bangladesh from Agartala.
Airlines and destinations
|IndiGo||Bengaluru, Guwahati, Imphal, Kolkata, New Delhi|
Top domestic destinations
|1||Kolkata||Air India, Indigo|
Accidents and incidents
- 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 died. The airplane was later written off.
Development and Expansion
In June AAI decided to upgrade the airport to international standards which will be third international airport in North-east region after Imphal. The AAI has undrtaken ₹438 crore (US$63 million) project to upgrade the airport to provide world class faccilities. The state Government has already provided 72 acres (29 ha) land to AAI to build new terminal building, runway and other necessary infrastructure. The upgradation is expected to completed by the early 2020. Upon completion flights between Agartala and Bangladeshi cities like Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet, will be operated.
Air traffic control tower
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