Guwahati: On Friday, the Adani Group assumed charge of Guwahati's Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport for operations, management and development responsibilities (ODM) for 50 years.
In an event which was held at midnight, the symbolic key of the Guwahati airport was handed over to the Utpal Barua, Chief Airport Officer of the new airport operator, by Ramesh Kumar, who is the Airport Director of Airports Authority of India (AAI).
The Lokpriya Gopinath Airport was one of the six airports which the central government has put up for privatisation for operations, management and development (OMD) for 50 years.
The other five airports include Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Mangalore, Jaipur and Thiruvananthapuram.
The bid of all six airports was secured by Adani Enterprise Limited, following which a concession agreement was signed between the Airports Authority of India and Adani Enterprise Limited on January 19, 2021, in Delhi.
The new airport operator, which is called Adani Guwahati International Airport Limited (AGIAL), will take charge of the operation, management and development of Guwahati's LGBI Airport.
The news was also shared on the official Twitter handle of the Guwahati Airport.
A momentous ceremony captured in time! We are delighted to announce that Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is now a #GatewayToGoodness. Being the prestigious Gateway to the North East, we are privileged to serve the city of Guwahati. pic.twitter.com/7bLpKRisnF— GUWAHATI AIRPORT (@aaigauairport) October 7, 2021
Interestingly, the official Twitter handle of the AAI Guwahati profile picture also gets a fresh look with a new logo representing the Adani Group.
Earlier, the profile picture bore the logo of the Airports Authority of India (AAI).