07 January 2019
Bhubaneswar: After sudden suspension of Air Odisha flights from Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi today requesting him to instruct Air India Authorities to take immediate steps for air connectivity from Jharsuguda.
Thanking Modi for naming of Jharsuguda Airport as Veer Surendra Sai Airport, the Chief Minister mentions in the letter, “After inauguration on 22nd September, 2018, Air Odisha had started flying operations under RCS-UDAN. Unfortunately, Air Odisha has suddenly suspended operations since 06.11.2018 without any valid reason.”
The letter further mentions, “It may be noted that Jharsuguda is located strategically in the Industrial and Mining belt of Odisha, and is a critical point of connectivity to western Odisha. During inauguration of Jharsuguda Airport on 22.09.2018, I had offered full support of State Government for running of commercial flights and had requested for commencing Air India flight operations from Jharsuguda to Delhi. One of the existing flights from Bhubaneswar to Delhi could have a stop-over at Jharsuguda, connecting it immediately with New Delhi and Bhubaneswar.”
“I would, therefore, once again request you to kindly instruct Air India Authorities to take immediate steps for fulfilling the aspirations of the people of western Odisha to have air connectivity,” the letter concludes.