Did You Know Manipur Now Has An International Airport?
I was unaware of any international airport apart from Lokrpiya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (also commonly known as Guwahati Airport).
Today as I was reading Assam Tribune, a premier English dialy in Assam, I became aware of a new International Airport in the Northeast region of India. The new airport is 'Imphal International Airport' (Tiluhal Airport) at Imphal, the state capital of Manipur. You can read the news about Union Cabinet's approval to declare Bhubaneswar and Imphal airports as International Airport here. This initiative seems to be one step towards materialising India's Look East Policy
And just yesterday i.e. 21st Novermber, 2013 the airport made a debut on the International Aviation map as the Myanmar's private airline Golden Myanmar made a maiden landing at the airport around 12 noon.
The maiden flight to Imphal International Airport came with 100 Myanmarese delegation who are expected to attend Sangai Festival, the biggest cultural extravaganza of the state. The delegeation includes Chief Ministers of Myanmar's Saigang and Mandalay regions.
This new Myanmar India air route has been part of the bilateral air service agreement signed during Dr Manmohan Singh's recent visit to Myanmar. This route is expected to boost economic development and international tourism.
If you wish to know about about the airport, you can visit the Airport Authority of India site here
Also if you are interested to know more about the Saigang Festival here
1. Myanmar plane lands in imphal. (2013, 11 22). The Assam Tribune, p. 10.
2. Big high: First flight from myanmar lands in imphal. (2013, 11 22). The Times of India, p. 1.
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