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Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Chief Minister Pema Khandu to inaugurate new flight today

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu will flag off the Dornier (DO-228) fixed-wing flight at Pasighat

Jyotiraditya Scindia

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  12 April 2022 2:56 AM GMT


ITANAGAR: Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu will flag off the Dornier (DO-228) fixed-wing flight at Pasighat on Tuesday, in presence of the Union Law & Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju, Arunachal East MP Tapir Gao, MLAs of the East Siang district and others.

Pasighat East MLA Kaling Moyong asserted that enhanced connectivity in the Northeastern region would help bolster tourism, making air travel affordable and accessible to all and contribute to the economic development of the State.

Alliance Air will be the first airline to embark upon the journey of operating the Made-in-India aircrafts and contributing towards the PM Narendra Modi's Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.

Elaborating on the launch of new flights, Alliance Air Coordinator (East) Chirasree Sanyal, who arrived here on April 9 last, informed that 'with the vision of Connecting New India' it was the endeavour of the airline to offer better air connectivity between tier-2 and tier-3 towns with their closest city hubs.

Keeping with this endeavour, Alliance Air is expanding connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh with the first ever made-in-India aircraft from HAL–The Dornier 228.

"The Maiden route linking Dibrugarh with Pasighat and Lilabari would operate twice every week from April 18 next. It is a 17-seater non-pressurized flight equipped with an air-conditioned cabin, lavatory and capability of flying both day and night operations," Sanyal added.

Meanwhile, Scindia in a statement on Sunday said, "Arunachal Pradesh is ready to make aviation history on Tuesday when light transport aircraft will be operating to promote regional connectivity in the North-East."

The light transport aircraft will facilitate regional connectivity in Northeastern States. On Thursday, these two aircraft were handed over to Alliance Air.

Scindia said, "Alliance Air will initially be flying from Dibrugarh to Pasighat. In the next 15 to 20 days, it will fly to Tezu and then to Ziro. This is in the first phase. In the second phase, it will connect Vijaynagar, Mechuka and other places.

"Taking forward the mission by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to have flight connectivity available for everyone by saying that the common man can now aspire to fly in an aircraft- Hawai Chappal to Hawai Jahaz… The flight connectivity has been designed for the North-East keeping this overarching thought in mind," he said.

The Minister said the Government is not only looking forward to connecting the North-East with other parts of the region as well as the country, but also with international destinations around there through UDAN international in the coming days. "Practically, the Northeastern region is the gateway to India from that side for those countries," he said.

A lease agreement was signed between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Alliance Air Aviation Limited in September, 2021 for the supply of two civil Dornier 228 aircraft.

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