The Airports Authority of India recently announced that in the future, Agartala’s Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport (MBB) will offer flights to Bangkok via Guwahati, as well as Chittagong and Dhaka, Bangladesh. The airport is located 20 kilometres north of Tripura and is the second busiest in India’s northwestern region.
After the Guwahati airport in Assam and the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal, Manipur, the MBB airport is the third international airport in the northeast.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the MBB airport on January 4th. With 143 passengers on board, the airport’s first flight arrived from Kolkata.
A new terminal building was inaugurated at the airport.
During the event, a cultural function was held here, with tribal women performing the famous Hojagiri tribal folk dance.
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The airport was built at a cost of INR 500 crore, and the new terminal is designed to hold 1500 passengers during peak hours, with 200 international passengers. The new terminal building is being hailed as one of the best in the northeast, with all of the modern conveniences.
Singerbill Airport was the previous name of the airport, and it was only renamed in July 2018. The airport receives a large number of Bangladeshi tourists who are visiting the country. The airport is modern and up to international standards, with all modern amenities.
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Pannalal Roy, a historian and writer, said in a statement that “During WWII, King Bir Bikram supported and assisted the Allies, particularly the United Kingdom. He sent a contingent of the Tripura Army to help the United Kingdom. Agartala, Kailashahar, and other airports were built at the time to aid the Allied forces.”