Guwahati Airport is popularly known as Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. It is located in Assam and is a major hub for flights to the north-eastern region of India, ‘known as nine perfect jewels’ or Seven Sisters. The airport is managed by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and also serves as one of the bases of Indian Air Force. Gopinath Bordoloi, after whom the airport is named, was a freedom fighter and also the first chief minister of Assam post-independence. Helicopter services are also operated from Guwahati, to Shillong, Tura, Naharlagun (Itanagar), & Tawang, by Pawan Hans, a helicopter service.
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is getting a facelift, to make it better equipped to handle increased air traffic. The upgrade is slated for completion by the end of 2009. The overhaul will include both cosmetic and operational changes. The modern airport will include air link corridors, aero bridges and escalators. Work is also on to improve the quality of the taxiways and widening the shoulders of the tarmac with a view to handle increased air traffic, in the future.
A380 ready runway and Jetways in the terminal has also been planned. Once ready, the Guwahati International Airport can be opened to larger-sized international carriers. Cyber cafes, jewellery shops, mobile charging booths, and better quality seats in the lounge have also been included to make the airport truly international. The Airport Authority of India is aiming to covert the Guwahati Airport into a major international airport of India, which will mainly connect the country with Southeast Asia.