Bhubaneswar: Considered as the second major airport in the state, Jharsuguda airport was granted 4C license by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday, making it eligible to operate bigger aircraft like A-320 airbus.
The announcement was made before the media today by Jharsuguda Airport Director SK Chouhan.
The newly-constructed Jharsugada airport was granted category 2B license in May, this year making it eligible for flight operations.
Recently, a team of DGCA and a team of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) had conducted separate inspections on June 28 and 29 respectively regarding the facilities and security measures at the airport.
Sprawling over 909.22 acres, Jharsuguda airport was built with a financial contribution of Rs 175 crore by the Centre and Rs 50 crore by the state government. Besides, an additional 275.55-acre land has been acquired for the airport.
The security arrangements will be looked after by Airports Authority of India (AAI). According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to inaugurate the airport.
Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had urged Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu to name Jharsuguda Airport after freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai.