India-made aircraft, by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Do-228 is, for the first time in the country, launched commercial operations in NER from Dibrugarh Airport on Tuesday.
The launch of the routes was done by the Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia.
Regular flight operations are slated to start from 18th April 2022 with Dibrugarh- Pasighat- Lilabari- Dibrugarh route to be operational immediately.
It will be further expanded to connect Tezu, Mechuka, Ziro, and Tuting in the Arunachal Pradesh with Dibrugarh Airport acting as the hub station.
The aircraft will be based and parked at Dibrugarh Airport and is being operated by Alliance Air under the UDAN-NER scheme of the Government of India.
Development of North Eastern Region (NER) is not only of strategic importance but, is a part of India’s growth story. Connectivity in NER is very essential and Under “Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN)”, the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has identified NER as a priority area. This has helped in enhancing inter and intra connectivity for the NER.
Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of Law & Justice, Sanjeev Kumar, Chairman AAI, Rajiv Bansal Secretary, MoCA, Usha Padhe Joint Secretary, MoCA, Ajay Yadav PS to Minister were also present on the occasion.