Mizoram is one of the 8 northeastern states of India. It is bounded by Myanmar to the east and south, Bangladesh to the west, Assam to the north, and Tripura and Manipur to the northeast.
The hills of Mizoram form a part of the Rakhine (Arakan) Mountains, a series of compact parallel ridges with a north-south axis formed of sandstone, limestone, and shales.
AIRPORT IN MIZORAM
Mizoram’s only domestic airport, Lengpui Airport, is located in Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram; Mizoram does not have an international airport. Lengpui Airport is the first large airport in the country to be built by the State Government.
Lengpui Airport is located on a plateau. The airport has a 2,500-metre long tabletop runway, making it one of the trickiest runways to land on. A tabletop runway is a runway that is located on the top of a plateau or hill with one or both ends stopping abruptly and dropping into a deep gorge. This type of runway creates an optical illusion, which requires a very accurate approach by the pilot. Hence, pilots flying aircraft to Mizoram need to be cleared as per DGCA regulations to operate in airports situated in hilly terrains.
HISTORY OF LENGPUI AIRPORT
Lengpui Airport was completed in a record time of 2 years, 2 months. It was constructed at a cost of Rs. 979 million. The construction work of the airport started in December 1995 and was completed in February 1998. The Airport at Mizoram is expected to be able to cater to 300 incoming and outgoing passengers. Most of the land for the airport came from donations by political leaders and government officials of Mizoram.
First trial flight at Lengpui Airport, Mizoram
FLIGHTS TO LENGPUI AIRPORT
Lengpui Airport has connecting flights to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata; Borjhar Airport, Guwahati; and Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, Imphal.
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DISTANCE FROM AIRPORT TO MAJOR CITIES OF MIZORAM
Distance from Lengpui Airport to Aizawl: Approx. 32 km
Distance from Lengpui Airport to Thenzawl: Approx. 60 km
Distance from Lengpui Airport to Khawbung: 133 km
Distance from Lengpui Airport to Lunglei: Approx. 200 km
Distance from Lengpui Airport to Champhai: Approx. 215 km
AIRLINES OPERATING FROM LENGPUI AIRPORT
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