Bhubaneswar: In a significant development, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has approved license for Jharsuguda airport.
With this move, Jharsuguda airstrip will be the second operational airport in the state after Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar.
Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary of Civil Aviation Ministry took to Twitter to announce the same.
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. pic.twitter.com/mrqI1yLRTC
— Usha Padhee (@ushapadhee1996) May 4, 2018
Expressing pleasure over the good news, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik 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 (@CMO_Odisha) May 4, 2018
Jharsuguda is one of the five airports in Odisha chosen to provide regional flight connectivity under Centre’s flagship ‘Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik’ (UDAN) scheme.
Earlier, a 10-member team comprising officials from DGCA and Airports Authority of India (AAI) had visited Jharsuguda in April to review infrastructure at the airport for operations under regional connectivity scheme (RCS).
Notably, the western Odisha airport has been developed with investment of Rs 200 crore. It has capacity to handle 300 passengers per day.
In the first phase, 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.