Friday, February 10, 2023

Donyi Polo: 1st greenfield airport of Arunachal records steady growth

Guwahati: Less than three months after its inception, Donyi Polo Airport, the first greenfield airport of Arunachal Pradesh, and the first such facility in state capital Itanagar, has operationalised many new routes while witnessing a steady growth in the passenger footfall.

The average daily footfall at the Donyi Polo airport, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 19, 2022, counts to 280 passengers (according to data of January 2023) and operates six flights on six days a week, barring Wednesday. 

The first commercial flight at the Donyi Polo airport, Indigo airlines with A-320 type of aircraft, began its services on Itanagar-Kolkata sector from November 28, 2022, a landmark moment in the civil aviation history of Arunachal Pradesh.

The flight connecting Kolkata and Mumbai from Itanagar was inaugurated by Union minister of civil aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia via video link, which was joined by chief minister Pema Khandu, deputy chief minister Chowna Mein and other state government dignitaries. 

Similarly, other regional airlines also started flights from Donyi Polo in Itanagar, including the much-awaited air connectivity in between Itanagar-Guwahati which was started by Flybig airlines from January 15, 2023 under the regional connectivity scheme- UDAN, which us also the government of India’s flagship programme, promoting regional air connectivity by making flying affordable for the common citizen.

10/02/23 B Sadanand/East Mojo

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