PM Modi inaugurates first greenfield airport in Arunachal Pradesh

Donyi Polo airport
Donyi Polo airport

Arunachal Pradesh’s Donyi Polo airport, launched by PM Modi at Hollongi, will boost connectivity, trade, and tourism

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Donyi Polo airport, the first greenfield facility in Arunachal Pradesh, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, November 19, 2022, amid chanting of incantations by tribal priests

Hollongi airport, located around 15 km from the state capital Itanagar, will serve the border state with commercial flights and helicopter services to other parts of Arunachal Pradesh.

The first greenfield airport in Arunachal Pradesh was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, November 19, 2022, amid chants of incantations by tribal priests.

Through its airport at Hollongi, around 15 km from Itanagar, the border state will be connected to other Indian cities as well as other parts of Arunachal Pradesh by helicopter.

Arunachal Pradesh’s first greenfield airport, ‘Donyi Polo Airport’, will be inaugurated today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Holangi in Itanagar. Donyi Polo airport was developed at a cost of Rs 645 crore by the Airports Authority of India. At the function, he will also dedicate the 600 MW Kameng hydropower station to the nation.

The state’s civil aviation department informed officials that PM Modi will inaugurate the airport today and leave for Varanasi and Gujarat from there. Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone for the construction of the Greenfield Airport at Hollongi and inaugurated the retrofitted Tezu Airport in 2019. The terminal at Hollongi was built at an approximate cost of Rs 955 crore with an area of 4100 square meters. Passengers can be handled at a peak rate of 200 per hour.

Arunachal Pradesh, the country’s easternmost state, does not have an airport. In Assam’s North Lakhimpur district, Lilabari airport is the closest facility. Pasighat and Tezu are two advanced landing grounds in the state. Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim, and Nagaland have all initiated flights for the first time in 75 years at their airports.

More than Rs 640 crore was spent on developing the airport, which covers over 690 acres. The airport’s 2,300 m runway makes it suitable for all weather day operations. “Arunachal Pradesh’s airport terminal is a modern building that promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy, and resource recycling. Donyi Polo Airport will be Arunachal Pradesh’s third operational airport, giving the North-East region 16 airports in total. During the period 1947 to 2014, only nine airports were built in the region. Since then, the Modi government has built seven airports in the region,” the statement stated.

There will be daily flights between Hollongi, located around 15 km from Itanagar, and Mumbai and Kolkata, except on Wednesday. Hollongi-Kolkata flights will begin on December 3 according to IndiGo’s chief strategy and revenue officer, Sanjay Kumar.

This is in line with the carrier’s vision to enhance connectivity in the Northeast and the flights are designed to cater to business and leisure travelers who are constantly on the lookout for new and affordable flying options to access destinations known for their tourist attractions, he said.

AAI General Manager Dilip Kumar Sajnani said Akasha and Flybig airlines have also expressed interest in starting flights at Donyi Polo airport. Flybig and Indigo have contacted the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and expressed interest in starting flights. Recently, he said that the AAI hopes to bring them on board to begin operations.

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