Arunachal’s 3rd airport named ‘Donyi Polo Airport’, to start operations on Aug 15

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The decision to name the airport "Donyi Polo" was taken during a cabinet meeting which was presided by Chief Minister Pema Khandu.
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Arunachal's 3rd airport named 'Donyi Polo Airport', to start operations on Aug 15
Arunachal's 3rd airport named 'Donyi Polo Airport', to start operations on Aug 15

Guwahati: The Arunachal Pradesh government on Thursday named the under-construction greenfield airport in the state capital Itanagar as “Donyi Polo Airport”, officials said.

The airport will start operations on August 15.

The decision to name the airport “Donyi Polo” was taken during a cabinet meeting which was presided by Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

The airport is built under the Center’s Capital Connectivity Scheme at a cost of Rs 645 crores and is located approximately 15 kilometres from the State capital.

The “Donyi Polo Airport” in Itanagar would be Arunachal Pradesh’s third airport after Pasighat and Tezu airports, and northeast India’s 16th airport.

Meanwhile,it will be the first airport in the state with a runway of 2,300 metres, sufficient for operating of Boeing 747s, one of the largest passenger aircraft, and be able to accommodate 200 passengers during peak hours.

The name of the lone airport in the capital city will represent the tribal state’s rich cultural legacy and long-standing traditions, as well as the people’s traditional regard for the Sun (Donyi) and the Moon (Polo), official said.

On July 19, the first flight test landed at the airport.

The closest airport, Lilabari Airport in Assam’s North Lakhimpur district, is about 80 kilometres away from the State Capital at present.

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