SP's Airbuz - - Newescebnt -

In the third week of May this year, Arunachal Pradesh has been put on the avi­a­tion map of the coun­try with the state’s first com­mer­cial flight, car­ry­ing Chief Min­is­ter Pema Khandu and 24 other pas­sen­gers, land­ing at Pasighat in the North-East state’s East Siang dis­trict, 305 kilo­me­tres from the state cap­i­tal Itana­gar. A 42-seater ATR air­craft of Al­liance Air touched down at Pasighat at 2.15 pm af­ter a 1.5 hour long flight from Lokpriya Gopinath Bor­doloi Air­port in Guwahati. The air­port at Pasighat is at an Ad­vanced Land­ing Ground meant to sup­port op­er­a­tions of mil­i­tary air­craft and small civil air­craft . “It is his­tory in the mak­ing. With this com­mer­cial flight, new vis­tas of eco­nomic devel­op­ment have opened up in the re­gion. Be­sides, the flight ser­vices will also open up am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties for the tourism in­dus­try,” the Chief Min­is­ter said af­ter get­ting out of the plane at Pasighat. “Now, with the launch of the com­mer­cial flight, tourists from other states and for­eign coun­tries will be able to visit the pic­turesque lo­cales of the state,” he said. An­other air­port at Tezu in Lo­hit dis­trict, 306 km from Itana­gar, will be ready for flight op­er­a­tions soon, the Chief Min­is­ter said. The bor­der state has some 120 he­li­pads and ten Ad­vanced Land­ing Grounds built for de­fence as well as civil op­er­a­tions.

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