10th Aug 2022 11:08:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ES Reporter 

ITANAGAR, Aug 10:  Inauguration of the most awaited Donyi Polo Airport Hollongi has been extended by another two months. The newly-built airport was supposed to be inaugurated on the occasion of India’s 75th Independence Day on August 15 but now it will be inaugurated in October.
Speaking to the media, State Civil Aviation Minister, Nakap Nalo said that the delay in opening of the state's dream project is due to non receipt of flight schedule from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The Minister while talking to reporters said that all the required infrastructures at the airport have been completed.
“All the major civil constructions like the runway, air traffic control (ATC) tower, (interim) terminal building, etc are complete. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has already organized various regulatory authority inspections and has ‘successfully’ conducted flight calibrations and test landing of aircraft last month. Donyi Polo Airport is all set for inauguration,” Nalo said.
As per norms, the flight schedules are prepared in the month of October by DGCA, he said adding that the Arunachal Pradesh government is in constant touch with the officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
As per the standard guidelines, AAI has organized various regulatory authority inspections and has successfully conducted flight calibrations and test landing of aircraft from July 19-21, DGCA inspection on July 27-28 and BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security) inspection on August 4, the Department of Civil Aviation has said.
The State Government is in talks with airline operators for the introduction of scheduled commercial flights from Donyi Polo Airport, Itanagar to the rest of the country at the earliest, it said.
Built by AAI in an area of 320 hectares, the Itanagar airport with its 2300-metre runway is suitable for the operations of Airbus-320 type of aircraft. It can accommodate 300 passengers during peak hours with eight check-in counters.

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