Indigo Itanagar

Itanagar, Oct 18: Domestic airlines Indigo made a successful test landing at Donyi Polo airport in Hollongi, Itanagar on Tuesday which is set to be inaugurated soon.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu was glad to share the news on Twitter and wrote that “Glad to share @IndiGo6E flight made a successful test landing at Donyi Polo airport, Itanagar today. A milestone moment as we’re making every possible effort to ensure ease of travel in our state. Gratitude to all for contributing their bit to improve people’s ease of life!”

As per the reports, technically all operational infrastructure is completed and it is ready to accept the flight, though there is the last leg work in progress of installation of lights for night landing.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the airport.

The airport project spread over 320 hectares consists of a 2,300-metre runway, a terminal building measuring 5,100 square metres to handle 200 passengers during peak hours, an Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower, a technical block, and a fire station, with provisions for commercial activities such as a hotel and a convention centre. The apron area is capable of parking two Airbus 320 series aircraft.

This is going to be a game changer for Arunachal Pradesh in terms of connecting the state capital Itanagar, earlier Lilabari airport (Lakhimpur) was used by travelers of the Itanagar area.

In August, Arunachal Pradesh Assembly adopted a resolution for naming the Hollongi greenfield airport near here as Donyi Polo Airport, Itanagar.

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The approval to name the facility Donyi Polo Airport, Itanagar, was given by the state government during a cabinet meeting on August 4.

The House unanimously adopted the resolution to take up the naming of the airport with the Union government.

Developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at an estimated cost of Rs 645 crore, the facility, located at Hollongi near here, is designed to be a greenfield airport with eight check-in counters and will be able to accommodate 200 passengers during peak hours of the day.

Hollongi is about 15 km from the state capital Itanagar.