IndiGo Planes Successfully Test Landing at Newly Built Donyi Polo Airport in Itanagar

The Indian low-cost airline IndiGo has successfully made a test landing with its aircraft at the newly built Donyi Polo Airport in Itanagar. This will improve Arunachal Pradesh’s air links and connect the northeastern state with the rest of the country. Furthermore, the very first historic airport will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the capital Itanagar. Air traffic in the state will begin on October 28. This move will boost tourism in the state and also strengthen the security of Arunachal as the northeastern state shares an international border with three countries, namely an international border of 1,160 km with China and a few hundred kilometers with Bhutan and Myanmar.

Under the Ude Desh ka Aam Nagarik (UDAN) scheme, Prime Minister Modi launched the maiden flight on April 27, 2017. The scheme aims to connect small and medium-sized cities with major cities via air services. This is the new beginning of a new Arunachal, blessed with tourist spots where many international and domestic tourists can come. The nearest airport from Itanagar is North Lakhimpur in Assam and is about 57 kilometers away. Tourists going to the state capital should travel from North Lakhimpur airport.

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The “Donyi Polo Airport” in Itanagar is said to be Arunachal Pradesh’s third airport after Pasighat and Tezu airports and Northeast India’s 16th airport. The prime minister had previously said that work on the airport is on a war basis and will be made operational soon.

Currently, there are 15 operational airports in the northeastern region – Guwahati, Silchar, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tezpur, Lilalabari and Rupsi (Assam), Tezu and Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh), Agartala (Tripura), Imphal (Manipur), Shillong (Meghalaya) , Dimapur (Nagaland), Lengpui (Mizoram) and Pakyong (Sikkim). The Airport Authority of India has carried out a Rs 650 crore project to develop the airport to improve air connectivity in the mountainous areas.

(With input from ANI)

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