Situated at a distance of about 15 km from the Dhubri town, on the Bangladesh border, the airport, as part of a 600-foot-long stretch, was established by the Allied Army during World War II and the US Army’s Sino-Burma was played a crucial role in providing air support to India Theater.
Assam’s Rupasi Airport, located strategically and in close proximity between Bangladesh, Myanmar and China – and by the early 1980s, the only means of ensuring air connectivity to the lower Assam districts – is scheduled to start operations from September 2019 .
In February, while laying the foundation stone for the renovation, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told local reporters that the airport was likely to reopen in September after a 36-year hiatus.
After operations, the airport developed under UDAN 3.0 will usher in new dawn towards improving regional connectivity.
Although Indian Airlines flights, run under the Vayudoot scheme, touched down at the airport, it affected its operations in 1984. Since then there has been demand from a wide class of people residing in Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Goalpara and Chirang districts, Meghalaya for the revival. Residents of all these areas are required to travel to Guwahati for air connectivity.
The development work for the renovation has been given to Turbo Mega Airways Pvt.
The Hyderabad-based company that owns Trujet was also awarded 20 new routes by the Modi Govt for expansion in the western states and the beginning of its operations in the east. These routes include Guwahati to Tezu and the route between Guwahati to Rupasi.