TEZU : The easternmost tip of the country in Arunachal Pradesh finally got its first civilian air connectivity on Thursday when first commercial flight by Flybig airlines landed at Tezu airport, one of the oldest towns in the frontier state bordering China.
The inaugural flight takeoff from LGBI air port Guwahati and landed Tezu airport of Lohit district in Arunachal Pradesh.
The inaugural flight was flagged of by Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu from Itanagar through Video Conferencing.
Newly built with a project cost of around Rs 145 crore, the redeveloped Tezu Airport suits ATR-72 aircraft, which are smaller in size and economically viable for smaller cities. The present Tezu Airport was an advanced landing ground earlier, mostly used by defence forces.
Tezu Airport is located at a elevation of about 758 feet, with a terminal area spread over 4,000 sqm. Initially it had a peak-hour handling capacity for 200 passengers, but adding Tezu in the commercial aviation map may turn into a big boost for the tourism sector in Arunachal Pradesh, aviation industry insiders said.
Arunachal Pradesh had an air network with Pasighat previously and now this the Tezu-Guwahati route will have four flights per week, Flybig informed.