Guwahati international airport to be developed as a hub between India and SE Asia

New Delhi: The government is planning to develop the Guwahati airport as a hub for air connectivity to Southeast Asia, providing links to destinations such as Bangkok, Kathmandu and Dhaka. Providing Guwahati airport with a hub status would also help boost tourism in the country''s northeastern region.

Already the busiest airport in the northeast region, Guwahati airport also figures among the list of 35 non-metro airports earmarked by the civil aviation ministry for modernisation. Modernisation work at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, as the Guwahati airport is known, is expected to be complete by 2009.

The government plans to invest close to Rs1,410 crore for the development of other non-metro airports including aerodromes in the northeast region.

The civil aviation ministry has earmarked an investment of Rs40,000 crore for modernisation work of 35 non-metro airports across the country during the Eleventh Five-year Plan.