AAI willing to sanction funds for developing new airport: Transport Minister


Transport Minister Dasakhiat Lamare on Friday said that the Airport Authority of India (AAI) is willing to sanction funds for developing a new airport in the state.


Speaking to reporters, Lamare said that the issue was also discussed during a video conferencing with the Union civil aviation minister.


“We need a plot of land measuring 150 acres to build a new airport,” he said.


Asked, the minister said that the government is still looking for a plot of land which is not far away from Shillong.


He also said that the State capital, Shillong, should be connected by flight with other state capitals of states in the North East besides the national capital, New Delhi.


He said that the Umroi airport and Dimapur are now connected by flight twice a week.


“When we flagged off the Umroi-Dimapur flight, the Civil Aviation minister promised to provide more connectivity by air to other cities of the North East,” Lamare informed.