In a significant development, the Donyi Polo Airport in Itanagar is poised to commence night operations with the acquisition of an all-weather license from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu shared the news, expressing his delight over the achievement. The all-weather license will enable night landings at Donyi Polo Airport, marking a substantial milestone for the region’s air connectivity.
Taking to the microblogging platform, Khandu shared the DGCA’s official letter, stating, “So happy to share a significant milestone for Arunachal Pradesh! Donyi Polo Airport has been granted an all-weather license, unlocking the possibility for night landings.”
The chief minister emphasized that this development represents a giant leap towards ensuring seamless air connectivity in the northeastern state, opening new avenues for growth.
Donyi Polo Airport, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2022, holds the distinction of being the first greenfield airport in Arunachal Pradesh. The name of the airport reflects the state’s rich cultural heritage, paying homage to the sun (“Donyi”) and the moon (“Polo”).
Covering an expansive area of over 690 acres, the airport’s development cost exceeded ₹640 crore. Boasting a 2,300-meter runway, the facility is equipped for all-weather operations. The modern airport terminal prioritizes energy efficiency, renewable energy utilization, and resource recycling.
The establishment of Donyi Polo Airport has not only enhanced connectivity in the region but has also catalyzed trade and tourism, contributing to overall economic development. The positive impact extends to other airports in the northeastern states of Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and Nagaland, where flights have taken off for the first time in 75 years.
According to official sources, aircraft movement in the northeast has surged by 113 percent since 2014, rising from 852 flights per week in 2014 to 1,817 flights per week in 2022.