Bhubaneswar: The long cherished dream of an airport in western Odisha is soon going to come true as Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has approved license for Jharsuguda airport.
The existing airstrip at Jharsuguda was upgraded to an airport as part of necessary infrastructure requirement to begin scheduled operations.
“2nd airport of Odisha gets license today. Happy to inform the licensing of Jharsuguda airport today by DGCA. It will pave way for scheduled operations; soon to be followed by Rourkela, Jeypore & Utkela to place Odisha on fast track in civil aviation network,” Joint Secretary at Civil Aviation Ministry said in a Tweet.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik too welcomed the decision.
“CM @Naveen_Odisha welcomed accordance of license by DGCA to Odisha’s second airport at Jharsuguda. Air connectivity will fulfill people’s aspirations & boost socio-economic progress in western Odisha. State Government will provide all support for early operations at airport: CM, ” CMO Odisha tweeted.
The airport got license to operate aircraft under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS)-Udan (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik).
Earlier in first week of April this year, a 10-member team consisting of officials from DGCA and Airport Authority of India (AAI) had visited the industrial town for inspection to award license so as to pave way for beginning of operations.
Worth mentioning, the airport has been developed over an area of 909 acres and will go for capacity expansion with addition of another 200 acres in subsequent phases.
Flight operations to this town will foster trade and commerce, apart from providing much-needed air connectivity to this western Odisha town.