Global holiday makers who are looking to travel to India will soon be able reserve tickets on flights to the Imphal airport in Manipur, which at present handles only domestic flights of Indian airlines. A senior government official said that the airport would be notified as an international one pretty soon. In addition, Agartala airport in Tripura would also have international standards by 2015.
The move to make north-eastern gateways global is a part of India's “Look East” policy. The initiative is likely to boost the region's connectivity and trade with other countries in Southeast Asia. These gateways can be developed as hubs for fliers who look for tickets for connecting flights out of India to other countries in the region.
Presently, Guwahati Airport is the only one in the north-eastern region that handles international flights.
North East India is a gorgeous expanse that has massive potential as tourism hub. Along with acting as stopover for those seeking tickets on flights for onward journey out of India, the region’s tourism sector can also reap benefits from better connections of flights and improved services. The place has already beginning to interest foreign tourists who look for newer opportunities after making investment on tickets aboard India flights.
As per media reports, private Indian carriers like IndiGo and Spice Jet are interested in running flights and offering tickets from Agartala to Bangladesh.