Dimapur Airport set for a facelift
Dimapur, February 23
The aspersions and inconveniences of air passengers originating from the lone State airport in Dimapur might soon become a history of the past. If things work out as planned, the lone airport in Dimapur is set to get a facelift replete with modern infrastructures, additional flights and beautification of the surrounding areas.
Talking to Eastern Mirror, Airport Assistant General Manager, Virandra Kumar, said discussions are on to make Air India flights a daily affair from the current five days a week schedule. The decision to introduce Air India flights on daily affair has been necessitated following pressure from passengers since Air India is the only airlines servicing the state.
Dimapur Airport is the only general airport in the State which also operates a chopper service to all the district headquarters.
The AGM, however, said there are other priorities which also required equal attention. He informed that the airport staff are facing accommodation problem which need immediate attention. It may be mentioned here that the AGM himself is currently residing at the airport office building.
He said a new building, which is under construction, will be able to house all the staff if only it is made functional. Ironically, it was learned that the construction of the building is yet to see the light of day despite lapse of five years.
Besides, Airport authority with assistance from the State government is planning to bring about changes in improving facilities at the airport. Airport official said a green environment within the premises is one of the objectives. He added that this is being made easier with trees planted by previous managers. Kumar admitted that trees planted in his time might not grow but it will leave an imprint in the near future.
Dimapur Airport terminal building can handle 500 departing passengers and 300 arriving passengers currently, he informed.