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In a big boost for North-East, Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh gets its first commercial flight

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu was among the 25 passengers on board as the 42-seater ATR aircraft of the Alliance Airlines touched down at the Pasighat Airport after a 1.5-hour journey from the Lokpriya Bordoloi Airport in Guwahati.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Itanagar [ Updated: May 22, 2018 10:43 IST ]
Arunachal Pradesh  CM Pema Khandu flagging off the Air

Arunachal Pradesh  CM Pema Khandu flagging off the Air Alliance Guwahati to Pasighat flight from Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati.

Monday was a historical moment for Arunachal Pradesh, as the state's first fixed-wing commercial aircraft took off from Guwahati to Pasighat. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu was among the 25 passengers on board as the 42-seater ATR aircraft of the Alliance Airlines touched down at the Pasighat Airport after a 1.5-hour journey from the Lokpriya Bordoloi Airport in Guwahati.

Addressing a gathering at Pasighat, Khandu said, "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".

He also extented his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his efforts to put Arunachal on the aviation map.

CM Khandu also shared pictures of the aircraft along with the crew on his Twitter handle.

Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, will operate flight services on the Calcutta-Guwahati-Pasighat route thrice a week - on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Arunachal has enormous potential for generating hydro-power and producing a wide range of horticultural and agricultural products, but communication has always been a bottleneck in the state, Khandu said.

"Now, with the launch of the commercial flight, tourists from other states and foreign countries will be able to visit the picturesque locales of the state," he said. 

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