Relocation of Bagdogra Airport
In the last week of July 2015, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) proposed relocating Bagdogra Airport in Darjeeling (West Bengal) to Purnea (Bihar). Purnea is more than 150 kilometers away from Bagdogra. The authority also discussed the idea of shifting the airport with the Indian Air Force (IAF).
4 Reasons to relocate Bagdogra Airport
AAI cited the following reasons for the airport relocation:
- Installation of new Instrumental Landing System (ILS) for night landing requires a huge piece of land within the airport complex.
- The terminal expansion and residential quarter projects also need another big piece of land.
- These expansions are the need of hour because the number of passengers using the airport has soared substantially.
- Previous Gonsainpur land deal did not materialize, thereby delaying and hampering the expansion.
Impact of relocation
The shifting would have direct impact on tourism in Darjeeling and Sikkim and local economy.
Change.org, Inc. started a petition to prevent the relocation.