A Dornier 228 aircraft managed by Alliance Air landed at Tezu runway in the Lohit region of Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday, marking the beginning of commercial operations, officials said. According to them, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) 17-seater aircraft took roughly 20 minutes to reach Tezu from Dibrugarh in Assam.
"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 was the only passenger on the inaugural flight with his wife.
Air connection is gaining a new push in the Northeast, according to Captain TS Negi and Flying Officer Nishit Tare, and the state's economy will see significant expansion.
The ticket will cost Rs 1,600.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays will be the three days of the week when the flying service will be available.
Alliance Air's maiden flight landed on April 12 in Pasighat, East Siang district, where Chief Minister Pema Khandu welcomed Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju.