The Lilabari Airport located in the Lakhimpur district in the state of Assam, India, serving the town of North Lakhimpur will soon become an aviation hub with the setting up of the fourth aviation training center of the country after Prayagraj (Allahabad), Delhi and Hyderabad.
At present, the Lilabari airport is connected to Kolkata by an Air India Regional service on a daily basis. But soon, the private airliner AirAsia will operate its services to Lilabari airport connecting with Guwahati and New Delhi.
During the Advisory Committee Meeting of the airport on Monday (4 Nov 2019) Airport Director, Lilabari Airport, Shivanand B Benal gave his statement about the upcoming Aviation hub in Lilabari airport.
A meeting of the Airport Advisory Committee (AAC) was held at Lilabari airport on 22 June last year that laid stress on the improvement of the airport and better passenger facilities and issues related to making the airport user-friendly, handling congestion at the airport, maintaining cleanliness, providing local transport facilities, etc. were also discussed which will soon come into operation.
Benal said that the AAI had requested for 25 acres of land for aviation manpower training academy at Lilabari airport and another 84 acres for expansion of runway and isolation bay. To this Dr. Jeevan B, Deputy Commissioner Lakhimpur, who was present at the meeting, assured that 18.5 acres out of the 25 acres has been reserved for aviation training academy and informed that the assignment of 56.77 acres out of the 84 acres was under process.
Benal further informed that the Indian Oil Corporation Limited was establishing a mobile refueling station at Lilabari airport which will be helpful for the scheduled, non-scheduled and defence flight operating at the airport. With the availability of refueling station and night landing facility, Air India could easily operate evening flights from Lilabari with a stop-off at LGBI Airport, Guwahati to Kolkata.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-11-05 4:33 PM