Meghalaya plans collaboration with AAI to expand Umroi Airport

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Shillong: Meghalaya’s Tourism Minister Paul Lyngdoh has announced the state government is planning to collaborate with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to explore the expansion of Umroi Airport, also known as the Shillong Airport.

The airport, which became operational in the mid-1970s was last expanded in 2009 when 224 acres of land was acquired for the purpose. The work commenced in June 2009 and was completed in May 2010.[

Lyngdoh revealed that discussions are currently underway with the AAI for a thorough evaluation of the proposed expansion to determine the feasibility of expanding the existing infrastructure at the airport to meet the increasing demand for air travel.

Highlighting the need for improved air connectivity, especially between Shillong and Bhopal, Lyngdoh referenced a recent plea from the Meghalaya High Court. The court’s appeal underscores the critical importance of facilitating seamless travel for judges, thereby reducing both time and expenses with commuting between the two cities.

Addressing the challenges posed by the absence of a major airport, Minister Lyngdoh reassured that the Tourism Department is fully committed to overcoming these obstacles. He emphasized the department’s proactive approach to addressing infrastructural deficiencies that hinder the development of tourism in the state.

The airport expansion project has been envisaged to attract a larger influx of tourists to Meghalaya. According to government officials, the tourism industry of Meghalaya is expected to grow to Rs 12,000 crore by 2028.

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