Shri Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Minister for Civil Aviation and Steel inaugurated the newly developed infrastructure of Tezu Airport in Arunachal Pradesh on 24 September 2023.
Tezu Airport is a domestic airport located in the town of Tezu which operates through a single runway. The airport is developed on 212 acres of land, and capable of handling operations for ATR 72 type of aircraft. AAI undertook the development and upgradation work to operationalize Tezu Airport at the request of the State Government. The Rs 170 crore project involved the extension of the runway and, the construction of a new apron to accomodate two ATR 72 type aircrafts, construction of a new terminal building, and a fire station cum ATC Tower.
On the occasion, Mr. Scindia told that the new Terminal Building at Tezu will further enhance the connectivity of the region and play a vital role in the economic development of the region. The Minister also announced three direct routes from Itanagar under the UDAN 5.0 scheme: Itanagar to Delhi, Itanagar to Jorahat, and Itanagar to Rupsi which will be operationalised soon.
Teju airport was operationalized in 2018 under the RCS UDAN scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The airport is currently connected to Dibrugarh, Imphal & Guwahati through regular scheduled flights by Alliance Air & Flybig Airline.
The new terminal building is of 4000 Sq. mtr. and has capacity to serve 300 passengers at peak hours.
The sustainability features of the renovated airport includes, Double Insulated Roofing System, Energy Efficient HVAC & lighting system, Low Heat Gain Glazing, ECBC-compliant equipment, Solid Waste Management System, Re-use of treated water for flushing and horticulture purposes, Rainwater Harvesting Integrated with Sustainable Urban Drainage System, and Use of Efficient Water Fixtures.
The current expansion would ensure better connectivity of the northeastern region with the rest of the country, boost tourism, trade, and employment generation.
Tezu is a small town located on the banks of the Lohit River and is the headquarters of Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh. The town is known for its scenic beauty, with lush green forests and rolling hills all around.