Union Minister for Civil Aviation Valayar Ravi has promised to introduce direct flight from New Delhi to Lilabari for the convenience of people of Arunachal Pradesh. Lilabari is a small airport located at Lakhimpur town, one of the oldest town in north bank of Brahmaputra in upper Assam.
The minister gave the assurance while responding to a memorandum submitted to him by Arunachal Pradesh Minister for PWD and UD Nabam Tuki here today. He also assured to look into the request for converting the Naharlagun Heliport to short take-off and landing (STOL) airport, according to a communique.
Tuki, who met the Union Civil Aviation Minister today, in his memorandum requested the Union Minister to convert the Naharlagun heliport into STOL port and introduce direct flights from the National Capital to Lilabari via Guwahati since the timing of present Kolkotta-Guwahati-Lilabari air service by Indian Airlines was not suitable for the people of Arunachal Pradesh.
This service will also help many people of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur districts in Assam. Presently, they have to either travel to Guwahati or Dibrugarh for any flight to Delhi.