Soon, foreign fliers will be able to book tickets to Imphal airport in Northeast India. Currently, it runs only domestic services but soon international fliers will be able to land at the gateway.
Foreign holiday makers who are contemplating a travel to India will soon be able to book tickets on flights to the Imphal airport in Manipur, which currently handles only domestic flights within India. As per news reports, the airport would be notified as an international one very soon. Additionally, Agartala airstrip in Tripura would have international standards by 2015.
The initiative to make these north-eastern gateways global is a part of India’s “Look East” policy and is being done to boost the region’s connectivity and trade with Southeast Asia.
These gateways can be mushroomed as hubs for those who seek tickets for connecting flights from India to other countries of the region.
As of now, Guwahati airport is the only international one in the north-eastern region that comprises a number of states.
North East India is a beautiful mountainous region with lot of potential for tourism. Apart from acting as a stopover for those looking for tickets on flights for onward journey out of India, the region’s tourism industry can also benefit from better connections of flights and improved aviation services. This part of India has already begging to create interest among foreigners who look for newer and calmer avenues after investing on tickets aboard India flights.
Media reports also indicate that private Indian carriers like IndiGo and Spice Jet have shown an interest to operate flights and offer air tickets from Agartala to cities in Bangladesh.