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Ratna Bharali Talukdar
Date of Publish: 2016-09-20

With over 3 lakh passengers a month, NE’s lone International Airport is yet to be connected with an Indian  international flight

 

Altogether 3,16,880 Air passengers have travelled to and fro Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi  International Airport, the only international airport in North-east and other cities of the country India During July, 2016.

During January, the number of air-passenger travelling to and from LGBI airport was 2,50,128.

 To and fro air passenger at LGB International Airport- July, 2016

 

S.No.

CITY 1 CITY 2 PASSENGERS TO CITY 2 PASSENGERS FROM CITY 2
1 GUWAHATI AGARTALA 8510 8994
2 GUWAHATI BAGDOGRA 5558 2858
3 GUWAHATI CHENNAI 8100 7537
4 GUWAHATI GOA 570 558
5 GUWAHATI HYDERABAD 521 472
6 GUWAHATI IMPHAL 15265 17164
7 GUWAHATI JAIPUR 1369 1174
8 GUWAHATI JORHAT 364 619
9 GUWAHATI LILABARI 0 842
10 GUWAHATI SILCHAR 1874 1828
11 DELHI GUWAHATI 54103 52545
12 KOLKATA GUWAHATI 41431 41256
13 MUMBAI GUWAHATI 7180 7783
14 DIBRUGARH GUWAHATI 2557 1177
15 BENGALURU GUWAHATI 9666 9844
16 AHMEDABAD GUWAHATI 535 591
17 AIZAWL GUWAHATI 2169 1862
TOTAL 159772 157104

 

Data show that during the month of July, no air-passenger travelled from LGBI airport to Lilabari Airport in Lakhimpur district in Assam  while 842 passengers  travelled to Guwahati from Lilabari Airport.

Among the north-eastern states, the highest number of air-passengers have travelled between Guwahati and Imphal during  July. Altogether 15,265 air-passengers have travelled from  Guwahati to Imphal , while 17,164 air –passengers have travelled from Imphal to Guwahati.

To and fro air passenger at LGB International Airport- January, 2016

  CITY1 CITY2 PASSENGERS TO CITY 2 PASSENGERS FROM CITY 2
1 MUMBAI GUWAHATI 7797 7580
2 KOLKATA GUWAHATI 36071 36742
3 GUWAHATI SILCHAR 1779 1807
4 GUWAHATI LILABARI 29 23
5 GUWAHATI JORHAT 242 351
6 GUWAHATI JAIPUR 1613 1459
7 GUWAHATI IMPHAL 13154 15629
8 GUWAHATI HYDERABAD 894 1059
9 GUWAHATI GOA 1453 1467
10 GUWAHATI CHENNAI 3354 2940
11 GUWAHATI BAGDOGRA 2112 4617
12 GUWAHATI AGARTALA 6965 7337
13 DIBRUGARH GUWAHATI 1721 1704
14 DELHI GUWAHATI 35903 39605
15 BENGALURU GUWAHATI 5145 5172
16 AIZAWL GUWAHATI 1713 1395
17 AHMEDABAD GUWAHATI 952 1044
TOTAL 1,20,897 1,29,931

 

During January, the number of air-passenger handled at LGB Airport was 2,50,128.  This means, there was an increase of 66,752 air-passengers in LGBI airport during this period. On an average there has been an increase of 9,536 passengers each month.

 

Year 

Air Traffic Movement  Passenger handled  Freight loaded unloaded (tonne) average flight per day  Average passenger handled per day 
2004-05 20,344 828640 5,119 57 2,270
2008-09 34,855 16,93,319 2,404 196 4,639
2009-10 35,270 19,97,506 5,829 97 5,473
2010-11* 34,649 23,26,142 9,332 95 6,373
2011-12*  35,022 26,85,871 8,606 96 7,359
2012-13* 33,535 25,26,434 6,668 92 6,922
2013-14* 29,426 24,42,613 8,124 81 6,692
2014-15* 30,363 25,52,861 10,796 83 6,994

 

 

Between 2008-09 and 2014-15, number of air passengers in Assam has increased from 16,93,319 to 25,552,861. However, the average flights per day was 196 during 2008-09, which drastically came down to 83 during 2014-15.

LGB international airport has recorded and increase of average 9,536 air passengers each month between January and July this year. Yet, no Indian Airliner operates  any international flight connecting this only international airport of Northeast India- a region with 98 per cent international boundary with four neighbouring  countries.

The once a week Paro-Guwahati-Bankok international flight operated by Druk Airways of Bhutan is the only flight that connects LGB international airport with an international destination.  

Ironically policy makers in India has been  harping on northeast being the gateway to South East Asia,  while talking about implementation of  Look East/Act East policy for over two decades.

 

Source -

1. Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Government of India

2. Economic Survey, Assam 2015-16

Ratna Bharali Talukdar

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