The Holonghi greenfield airport near Arunachal Pradesh’s capital Itanagar is set to become operational from August 15, the Airports Authority of India said here on Tuesday when it conducted its first flight test landing.
An AAI B-350 (King Air) aircraft landed at the airport around 9.20 am.
State Civil Aviation Minister Nakap Nalo, the pilots, after the test landing, praised the runway and other infrastructure at the airport.
Holongi is about 15 km from Itanagar. At present, there is no airport near the state capital, Leelabari Airport in North Lakhimpur district of Assam, 80 km from here.
“AAI first flight test landing done today at Holonghi Greenfield Airport. As promised, we have completed Holonghi Airport before the deadline. It will be operational on 15th August 2022 and will be available for passengers,” Nalo tweeted.
Developed by AAI at a cost of approx ₹645 crore, the Holonghi airport can accommodate 200 passengers during peak hours. It has eight check-in counters.
“Arunachal Pradesh is rising high! Proud moment for all of us as we cross another milestone in our efforts to operationalize Holonghi Greenfield Airport with first flight test landing by AAI. Kudos to Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi Ji and Hon’ble Minister @JM_Scindia Ji. Team,” Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted. Said in the post.
“A road if you mind! And a runway. Arunachal Pradesh was deprived of air connectivity for ages despite our amazing tourism potential. We have an airport here at the behest of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi. Today is an incredible day. Congratulations people,” he said in another tweet.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for the project to be completed by November this year. Later, it was rescheduled to August.
Once operational, the airport will be the first in the state to have a runway of 2,300 meters, suitable for landing and take-off of one of the largest passenger aircraft, the Boeing 747.
With an area of 4,100 square meters, the airport has all modern facilities for passengers, officials said.
The terminal is an energy-efficient building with a rainwater harvesting system and sustainable landscaping, he said.
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