The state of Arunachal Pradesh, contested by China, has finally joined in the aviation map of the country.
This as the state’s first commercial flight carrying Chief Minister Pema Khandu and 24 other passengers landed at Pasighat in the north-east state’s East Siang district.
The airstrip is about 305 kilometres from state capital Itanagar.
The airport is on an advance landing ground or ALG, meant to support operations of small aircraft and some military planes.
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.
After landing CM Pema Khandu tweeted on the development.
Mr Khandu also tweeted photos of the aircraft along with its crew.
“It is a history in making. With this commercial flight, new vistas of economic development have opened 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.
Alliance Air, a subsidiary of state-run carrier Air India, will operate flights on the Kolkata-Guwahati-Pasighat route thrice a week — Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Another airport at Tezu in Lohit district, 306 km from Itanagar, will be ready for flight operations soon, the chief minister said.>