Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh gets it's first commercial flight
Air India is flying it's 48 seater air craft from Guwahati to Pasighat with Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu as it's first passenger. The Alliance aircraft is a subsidiary of Air India and will cost around Rupees 3000 to travel a distance of 650 km from Guwahati to Pasighat.
It is for the first time in the history since independence that a commercial flight will land just 300 km away from the Indo - China border in the land of the rising sun. Earlier, the tourists had to travel from Guwahati or via Itanagar for almost a day in the hilly terrain. Now, the journey will be simpler and easier at much affordable prices.
Pasighat airport was originally an Advance Landing Ground ( ALG ) which has more often been used both for Army or Air Force and occasionally for civilian travel.
It's situated inside the town which is 260 km from Itanagar and about 350 km from the China border.
The flight from Pasighat would reportedly operate to and fro, three times a week. Initially it would take the Kolkata-Guwahati-Pasighat route on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu, Joint Secretary Usha Padhi and many other senior officials are a witness to this historic flight.
The flight service wil fulfill a long pending demand for better connectivity for the people of Arunachal Pradesh.
A successful test landing of the Alliance aircraft at civil terminal of the Pasighat advanced landing ground was conducted on April 23, 2018.
Pema Khandu thanked PM Narendra Modi for providing air connectivity to Arunachal Pradesh .
Arunachal Pradesh CM tweeted a picture of his boarding pass saying, "It will be a historic moment for Arunachal and a remarkable step in the history of civil aviation."