Alliance Air starts new flight services in state

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: Alliance Air on Tuesday expanded its wings in the northeast with the introduction of flight services on two new routes — Dibrugarh-Itanagar-Ziro and Dibrugarh-Itanagar-Pasighat.

Launching the service virtually, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia said Arunachal Pradesh is set to become a land of opportunities.

A Dornier 228 aircraft, manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), took off from Dibrugarh at 10.20 am and landed at the newly constructed Hollongi airport in Itanagar at 11.10 am.

The aircraft then left from Itanagar at 11.30 am to reach Ziro at 12.05 pm, an Alliance Air official said.

The second service covering Dibrugarh, Itanagar and Pasighat is set to commence on Wednesday, the official said.

The two services will be available twice every week, she said.

“We have strong network in northeast. Our services are rapidly expanding in the region,” she added.

The Donyi Polo airport at Hollongi, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the month, has boosted connectivity in the region, said Chief Minister Pema Khandu in a statement.

Schindia, taking to Twitter, said, “With the launch of a Greenfield airport by @narendramodi Ji, start of new flights for Mumbai & Kolkata yesterday, & inauguration of new flights for different #northeast regions today- @PemaKhanduBJP Ji’s #ArunachalPradesh is set to become the land of opportunities!”

Alliance Air CEO Vineet Sood stated that enhanced connectivity in the northeast will help bolster tourism and trade in the region and contribute to the economic development of the states.

“Alliance Air is humbled to be the first airline to embark upon the journey of operating the Made-in-India aircrafts and contributing towards PM’s Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative,” he added.

DIPRO adds: Pasighat MLA Kaling Moyong expressed great delight with the rapid expansion in flight services connecting Pasighat with state capital and other cities in the country.

“Flight services connecting Pasighat to Itanagar under the Dibrugarh-Pasighat- Hollongi route by Alliance Air will ease and shorten travel time for the people and tourists and boost economic activities. I profusely thank the state and central governments for making our dream into a reality under the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative,” Moyong said.

The MLA said after witnessing the formal virtual inaugural ceremony of the flights by Union Civil Aviation minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia.

Moyong along with DC Tayi Taggu and PMC Chief Councillor Okiam Moyong Borang, also flagged off the Alliance Air inaugural flight service for Pasighat-Itanagar at the district level.

Flight services between  Pasighat and  Donyi-Polo Airport will  commence from Wednesday.

ADC Hq Taddo Borang, SP Sumit Kumar Jha, Chief Councillor (PMC), Okiam Moyong Borang, Dy. Chief Councillor, Rebecca Panyang Megu, Councillors,   Mandal President, Asar Padun, EAC cum Terminal Manager, Nancy Yirang, officials of Alliance Air among others attended.


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