Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 18:
Having completed the trial run between Bhubaneswar and Sambalpur successfully this afternoon, Bhubaneswar based air charter company Air Odisha Aviation Private Limited (AOAPL) plans to start commercial air services between the cities by December 30.
“The trial run of the flight was successful. We have been given a green signal by DGCA to start operating our commercial flights. We are trying to start the flight services between Sambalpur and Bhubaneswar by December 30,” said Trideb Rout, Director of the Air Odisha Aviation Private Limited.
“The flight services would be offered six days a week from Monday till Saturday and there would be one flight daily between the two cities. Initially the launching price of the ticket would be kept between Rs 2000 to Rs 2500 and they would be made available at both airports and online,” he added.
The direct flight between Bhubaneswar to Sambalpur would bring down the travel time down to 50 minutes. The timing of the flight, however, is yet to be finalized.
“We are trying for a suitable time so that flyers from Western Odisha can get an easy connecting flight to Delhi or Mumbai from Biju Patnaik International Airport of Bhubaneswar. Besides, in the long term we are planning to start direct flight services to Rourkela and Jharsuguda as well,” said Rout.
As per information provided by the company, the single-engined short-haul Cessna 208 Caravan regional airliner took off from Bhubaneswar at about 12.15 PM today and successfully landed in Rourkela at about 2.20 PM. It again took off from Rourkela at about 3 PM and landed in Sambalpur after twenty minutes.
The Biju Patnaik International Airport headquartered airliner had long been vying to start the services but got the nod from DGCA only recently.