Itanagar: India’s biggest airlines company, IndiGo will start commercial flights from the newly constructed Donyi Polo Airport in Arunachal Pradesh from November 28.
Sanjay Kumar, the chief strategy and revenue officer of IndiGo said flights connecting Donyi Polo Airport at Hollongi, which is around 15 km from Itanagar, with Mumbai and Kolkata will operate daily except Wednesday.
“We are pleased to announce Itanagar (Hollongi), as the 75th destination on the 6E network. This will be IndiGo’s first destination in Arunachal Pradesh,” Kumar said.
A weekly flight service connecting Hollongi with Kolkata on Wednesdays will begin on December 3.
Developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at an estimated cost of Rs 645 crore, the Donyi Polo Airport is designed to be a greenfield one with eight check-in counters and it will be able to accommodate 200 passengers during peak hours.
The airport is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November.
At present, there is no airport near Itanagar, the closest one being Lilabari Airport, 80 km away in Assam’s North Lakhimpur district. There are a few advanced landing grounds (ALGs) in the state, including in Pasighat and Tezu.
The Donyi Polo Airport will have a 2,300-metres-long runway suitable for landing and take-off of Boeing 747.
Spread over 4,100 sq m area, the airport will be equipped with all modern facilities for passengers.