Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia flagged off IndiGo’s flight from Itanagar to Mumbai via Kolkata on Monday, saying that efforts are being made to improve air connectivity in the northeast.
This is the first flight from Hollongi’s Donyi Polo Airport in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. Scindia practically launched the flight from New Delhi.
Itanagar is the IndiGo network’s 75th domestic and 101st overall destination.
IndiGo said in a statement that the second frequency between Kolkata and Itanagar will begin on December 3. Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, among others, virtually attended the event.
“We are pleased to start operations from Itanagar, which will be our 10th destination in the northeast. Over the last few years, IndiGo has focused on increasing accessibility in the northeast and now connects seven out of eight states in the region.”According to Sanjay Kumar, chief strategy and revenue officer at IndiGo
Scindia noted that the northeast’s air connectivity has improved and that more flights will be run to connect the area with other locations.
He added that there are now 16 airports in the northeast, up from nine in 2013–2014.
The minister added that initiatives are being taken to turn the northeastern states into a growth engine.
Imphal to Mandalay and Agartala to Chittagong flights will soon begin, he said, as part of efforts to improve international air connectivity in the area.
Agartala is in Tripura, Chittagong is in Bangladesh, Imphal is in Manipur, Mandalay is in Myanmar, and Chittagong is in Manipur.
On November 19, the airport’s inauguration was performed by the prime minister. It is the state’s fourth operational airport.
The sun is referred to as “Donyi” and the moon as “Polo.”
The airport, which is also Arunachal Pradesh’s first greenfield airport, was built on more than 690 acres of land for more than Rs 640 crore.
The 2,300-meter-long runway at the airport makes it suitable for daytime operations in all weather conditions.
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