Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flags off Guwahati-Bangkok flight


GUWAHATI: What is expected to give boost to connectivity to ASEAN region, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flagged off the first flight to Bangkok at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati.

Nok Air which will be flying its sortie between Guwahati and Bangkok, has drafted its sorties to enable passengers to reach the destination at Don Mueang near Bangkok in less than three hours.

Chief Minister Sonowal viewed that introduction of the flight is not just an extension of airline route but more importantly a futuristic gesture, which will go a long way in reinforcing the cultural and economic ties between Assam and Thailand and strengthening the bilateral relations. Sonowal also observed that Connectivity has always remained a major bottleneck in optimum realization of the growth prospects of the region. Keeping this in view, Government of India has taken up steps to connect six South East Asian destinations from Guwahati under UDAN scheme.

On July 1 this year, first Guwahati-Dhaka flight by SpiceJet under International Air Connectivity Scheme was flagged off. The flight marked the roll-out of UDAN-International, pioneered by Assam Government with Viability Gap Funding of Rs. 100 crore. In the next few months, flights connecting to Kathmandu, Yangon, Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur will also commence.

Last year DrukAir – Royal Bhutan Airlines introduced Paro-Guwahati-Singapore flight. The Government of India has also taken a decision to bring 19 destinations in the North East including five cities in Assam under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN-2.

The Union Government aims to turn LGBI Airport into an International airport, connecting Southeast Asia. Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport has undergone numerous expansions and renovations since its establishment in 1958. It handled more than 3.7 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 36% from 2016. The LGBI Airport has witnessed annual traffic increase of over 23% in 2018-19 with a total footfall of 5.7 million passengers and 55,066 aircraft movements in the same period.

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The existing terminal building at the airport has maximum handling capacity of 850 arrival/departure passengers an hour. The work on a New Terminal has already made progress. The new terminal will be the first sustainable terminal of the North East having sewage treatment plant, solar power, rain water harvesting, solid waste disposal system and energy efficient lighting.





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