Arunachal to launch 3 new air routes in October: Scindia

Itanagar, September 24: Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday announced that three new air routes will be launched in Arunachal Pradesh by October this year.

After inaugurating the newly developed infrastructure at Tezu Airport in Lohit district, Scindia said that, under the Centre’s UDAN-5 scheme, Itanagar will soon be connected to Roopsee, Jorhat and Delhi.

Uday Desh Ka Aam Shari (UDAN) is a regional connectivity scheme aimed at developing small regional airports to provide easy access to aviation services to the general public.

Tezu Airport is the fourth airport in the state and the 17th in the Northeast after Doni Polo, Pasighat and Zero Airports.

The minister said that the country had only 74 airports in the last 65 years, but 75 new airports have been built in the last nine years of the BJP government at the Centre.

“The duo of PM Modi and Chief Minister Peema Khandu is taking Arunachal to new heights,” Scindia said.

“The eight northeastern states, which were neglected for decades, received a major development boost after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014,” the Union minister said, adding that the region is “a jewel in the country’s crown.”

Scindia added that the region will be a gateway to Southeast Asian countries with horticultural and agricultural potential for India.

He said India’s influence has grown significantly under Modi’s leadership and it was witnessed by all when the Presidents and Prime Ministers of various countries arrived in New Delhi for the G20 meeting.

“My relationship with Arunachal Pradesh is very old. When my grandmother’s brother-in-law was posted as a major general in the state in the 1960s, the Government of India gave him the opportunity to name one of the border villages, now known as Vijayanagar,” The Union Minister said.

Newly developed infrastructure at the airport includes an extended runway, a new apron, a new terminal building, a fire station and an ATC tower. It has been built at a cost of Rs 170 crore, officials said.

The airport is developed on 212 acres of land, and is capable of handling the operation of ATR-72 type aircraft. The Airport Authority of India undertook the upgradation of the airport, officials said.

The airport was activated in 2018 under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN. It is currently connected to Dibrugarh, Imphal and Guwahati by regularly scheduled flights of Alliance Air and Flybig Airlines.

The airport terminal building has an area of ​​4,000 square meters, with a capacity of 300 passengers. It currently has five check-in counters and will be increased to eight in the future.

The airport has two arrival carousels and two aircraft parking bays for ATR-72 type aircraft, officials said.

Officials added that the upgradation will help the airport handle more traffic, ensure better connectivity of the northeast region with the rest of the country, and boost tourism and trade besides generating employment. will (PTI)

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