The Hollongi Greenfield airport near Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar is all set to be operational from August 15, with the first flight test landing of B-350 (King Air) conducted by the Airports Authority of India, a minister said. At present, there is no airport in the vicinity of the state capital, the closest one being Lilabari Airport in the Lakhimpur district at an 80 km of distance.
Developed by the AAI at an estimated cost of INR 645 crores, the Hollongi airport can accommodate 200 passengers during peak hours. Once commissioned, the airport will be the first in the state with a runway of 2,300 meters, suitable for the landing and take-off of Boeing 747, one of the largest passenger aircrafts. With an area of 4,100 sqm, the airport would be equipped with all modern facilities for passengers. The terminal will be an energy-efficient building with a rainwater harvesting system and sustainable landscape.