Assam’s Lilabari airport in North Lakhimpur on its way to become an aviation hub with the setting up of the fourth aviation training centre of the country after Prayagraj (Allahabad), Delhi and Hyderabad.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) requested for 25 acres of land for aviation manpower training academy at Lilabari airport and another 84 acres for expansion of runway and isolation bay. Sources said that 18.5 acre out of the 25 acre had been earmarked for aviation training academy and furthermore, the allocation of 56.77 acre out of the 84 acre was under process. Presently the State-owned airliner is operating a direct flight from Lilabari to Kolkata suspending its earlier Lilabari-Guwahati-Kolkata route.
Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah informed that private airliner Air Asia will soon operate its services to Lilabari airport in North Lakhimpur connecting with Guwahati and New Delhi.