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CM inspects runway at Lengpui airport
CM inspects runway at Lengpui airport|IPR Mizoram
MIZORAM

Mizoram CM Zoramthanga inspects renovation work at Lengpui airport

From October, additional flights will be operated by IndiGo and GoAir for passengers travelling to Guwahati and Kolkata from the lone airport of the state

Ezrela Dalidia Fanai

Ezrela Dalidia Fanai

Aizawl: Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga inspected the ongoing renovation work at Lengpui airport in Mamit district where he discussed plans to develop the airport with members of Airport Authority of India (AAI) on Friday.

The CM met the regional executive director of AAI as well as the manager of AAI Northeast region, and discussed plans to improve the airport -- the only one in Mizoram.

CM with AAI officials
CM with AAI officials
IPR, Mizoram

The CM had visited the airport on June 8 after which the runway resurfacing job was immediately started. Plans are underway to expand the apron area, revamp the air traffic control (ATC) and the runway end safety area (RESA). A new isolation parking bay will also be built.

The Mizoram Florists’ Association has been tasked with decorating the airport with different seasonal and annual flowers and trees.

CM Zoramthanga with members of Mizoram Florists’ Association
CM Zoramthanga with members of Mizoram Florists’ Association
IPR, Mizoram

Mizoram is facing massive shortage of flights. Flights are few and air travel is a luxury; only the rich can afford -- airfares to Lengpui route are among the highest in the country. At the moment, Air India is the only flight operating the route from Kolkata.

Since Jet Airways stopped their flights from Guwahati, people need to take flights from Silchar, which is approximately 172 km, to reach other metros, except for Kolkata. Travelling by road is a hectic task, as the highways are in bad shape during the monsoon and landslides often leave travellers stranded.

Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga discussing some points with senior officials
Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga discussing some points with senior officials
IPR, Mizoram

Understanding the problems faced by Mizoram, Zoramthanga said that from October, additional flights by Indigo and GoAir will operate for passengers travelling to Guwahati and Kolkata.