ITANAGAR, 2 Jun: Marking the start of commercial operations, a Dornier 228 aircraft operated by Alliance Air landed at the Tezu airport in Lohit district on Thursday, officials said.
The 17-seater aircraft, manufactured by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), took around 20 minutes to reach Tezu from Dibrugarh in Assam, they said.
The cost of the ticket is Rs 1,600.
“We extend our deep gratitude to the government for bringing Tezu on the aviation map of the country, which will benefit the people immensely during medical emergencies, besides promoting tourism,” said Ojimso Tayeng, who along with his wife, were the only passengers on the maiden flight.
Captain TS Negi and Flying Officer Nishit Tare said that air connectivity is getting a new boost in the Northeast and the economy of the state would witness a significant growth.
The flight service will be available three days a week – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
On 12 April this year, Alliance Air’s first flight landed at Pasighat in East Siang district, where union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju were received by Chief Minister Pema Khandu. (PTI)