After a long wait, Donyi Polo Airport in Itanagar is ready for ‘take-off’ as the construction of the airport is now complete. The airport will soon start flight operations from this airport. The newly built airport welcomes its passengers with a huge modern airport entrance gate as it is made of bamboo that showcases the shape of the state bird – the Great Hornbill. Donyi Polo Airport is the third airport in Arunachal Pradesh. This airport will boost tourism in the state and also enhance the security of Arunachal as the northeastern state shares an international border with three countries, which is the 1,160 km international border with China and several hundred kilometers with Bhutan and Myanmar.
In October 2022, Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo successfully tested its flight at Donyi Polo Airport. This will boost Arunachal Pradesh’s air connectivity and connect the northeastern state with the rest of the country.
The State Cabinet adopted the name of the airport “Donyi Polo Airport” as it will represent the long-standing customs and rich cultural heritage of the tribal-dominant state and will also reflect the long-standing indigenous reverence for the Sun (Donyi) and the Moon (Polo) among the population. The Airports Authority of India has launched a Rs 650 crore airport development project to boost air connectivity in the mountainous regions.
There are currently 15 operational airports in the North East region – Guwahati, Silchar, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tezpur, Lilalabari and Rupsi (Assam), Tezu and Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh), Agartala (Tripura), Imphal (Manipur), Shillong (Meghalaya), Dimapur (Nagaland), Lengpui (Mizoram) and Pakyong (Sikkim).