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Flight Connectivity To Jharsuguda Airport To Resume Soon: Civil Aviation Secretary

03 December 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: The flight connectivity to Veer Surendra Sai Airport in Jharsuguda, which was hit due to the poor performance and subsequent cancellation of licence of Air Odisha, will resume soon, assured Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey today.

Briefing mediapersons, after a meeting with Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Choubey said the third round bidding of UDAN (Ude Deshka Aam Nagrik) scheme has been started. It will be completed by December 31 and the routes will be awarded by middle of January.

The flight operations will resume depending upon which airline wins the bid and availability of aircraft, he added.

It is worthwhile to mention that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had last month cancelled UDAN licence of Air Odisha to operate from 7 airports namely Jharsuguda, Raipur, Raigarh, Bilaspur, Ambikapur, Jagdalpur and Vishakapatnam after it failed to operate the minimum scheduled flights within a period of 3 months.

The decision had raised uncertainty over the viability of the recently-inaugurated Jharsuguda airport, a longstanding demand of the people of Western Odisha.

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Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary, Ministry Of Civil Aviation

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Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, Ministry Of Civil Aviation