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.
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.
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.
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.