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Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport

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Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport
Agartala Airport Departure Terminal.jpeg
Side view of the terminal building
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorAirports Authority of India
ServesAgartala, Tripura, India
Elevation AMSL14 m / 47 ft
Coordinates23°53′24″N 091°14′32″E / 23.89000°N 91.24222°E / 23.89000; 91.24222
IXA is located in Tripura
Location of IXA in India
IXA is located in India
IXA (India)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 2,286 7,500 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2019 - March 2020)
Passengers1,506,435 (Increase4.5%)
Aircraft movements11,118 (Increase 9.8%)
Cargo tonnage4,661 (Decrease10.3%)
Source: AAI[1][2] [3]

Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport, also known as Agartala Airport,[4][5][6][7] (IATA: IXA, ICAO: VEAT) is a domestic airport 12 kilometres (7 miles) northwest of the city of Agartala, the capital of the state of Tripura in India. It is administered by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).[8] It is the third largest airport in North East India and 29th busiest airport in India.


The airport was designed and built in 1942 by the then Maharaja of Tripura, Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur Debbarman. It had one primary runway, 05/23, which is now used as a taxiway to Runway 18/36.

During World War II, the airport was used by the 4th Combat Cargo Group (4th CCG) of the United States Army Air Forces Tenth Air Force, flying Curtiss C-46 Commando transport aircraft over Burma.[9]

The 4th CCG operated from the airport during December 1944 and January 1945, after which it moved to Chittagong.

The airport experienced international operations when Indian Airlines flew to Dhaka-Tejgaon Airport and Khulna in East Pakistan/Bangladesh from Agartala.

Airlines and destinations

AirAsia IndiaGuwahati, Imphal, Kolkata[10]
Air India Kolkata[11]
IndiGo Aizawl,[12] Bangalore, Delhi, Guwahati, Imphal, Kolkata[13]

Accidents and incidents

  • 7 June 1970: A Fokker F27 of Indian Airlines flying with 34 passengers and 4 crew members overran the runway at Agartala after it touched down at a higher than normal speed 2,775 feet from the threshold; however, none of the passengers or crew members died. The airplane was later written off.[14]

Development and expansion

In June  AAI decided to upgrade the airport to international standards which will be third international airport in North-east region after Imphal. The AAI has undrtaken 438 crore (US$61 million) project to upgrade the airport to provide world class faccilities. The state Government has already provided 72 acres (29 ha) land to AAI to build new terminal building, runway and other necessary infrastructure. The upgradation is expected to completed by the early 2025.[15] Upon completion flights between Agartala and Bangladeshi cities like Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet, will be operated.[16][17][18]

See also


  1. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2020: Annexure-III" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 22 May 2020. p. 3. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2020: Annexure-II" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 22 May 2020. p. 3. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Traffic News for the month of March 2020: Annexure-IV" (PDF). Airports Authority of India. 22 May 2020. p. 3. Retrieved 22 May 2020. url-status=live
  4. ^ "Change of name of Agartala Airport" (PDF). EGazette. Government of India. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Agartala Airport to be named after Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore". The Hindu. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  6. ^ Deb, Debraj (30 October 2017). "Agartala airport to be named after king". Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Agartala airport renamed Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya, after Tripura's last king". Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Civil Airport Agartala". Archived from the original on 5 November 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  9. ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4
  10. ^ "AirAsia India to commence four services at Agartala Airport in Oct-2019". CAPA. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Air India Timetable". Air India. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  12. ^ "IndiGo to launch direct flights from Guwahati to Aizawl and Varanasi". NorthEast Now. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Flight Schedule for Domestic & International Flights". IndiGo. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  14. ^ Ranter, Harro. "Agartala-Singerbhil Airport profile - Aviation Safety Network".
  15. ^ "আগরতলার এমবিবি বিমানবন্দর হবে বিশ্বমানের". Prothom Alo (in Bengali). 20 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Agartala airport to be 3rd international airport in northeast". Economic Times. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Agartala Airport soon to become third International Airport in North-east India". Times of India. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  18. ^ "2020 में तैयार हो जाएगा पूर्वोत्तर का तीसरा हवाईअड्डा, अंतर्राष्ट्रीय एयरपोर्ट होगा अगरतला". Zee News (in Hindi). 18 June 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.

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