27 February 2019
Bhubaneswar: In good news, flight operations are set to being from Veer Surendra Sai Aiport in Jharsuguda from March 31 onwards. Low cost airline SpiceJet announced that it will commence regular flight services from the airport to Delhi, Kolkata and Jharsuguda.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted, “Attended the event for the commencement of booking of Flights to Jharsuguda by Spice Jet under UDAN3 along with Jayant Sinha. Western Odisha’s 1st airport in Jharsuguda dedicated to Veer Surendra Sai will now be connected to Delhi, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai & Raipur.”
Under UDAN3, Bhubaneswar will be connected to Varanasi, Rourkela, Kalaikunda and Jagdalpur.
“A new airport at Rourkela will be connected to Raipur & Bhubaneswar. Rs 160Cr has been sanctioned for development of airports at Jharsuguda, Jeypore, Utkela & Rourkela, taking the cumulative spending to over Rs.1200Cr for developing air connectivity in Odisha since 2014,” Pradhan further tweeted.
“Jharsuguda with it’s proximity to Jharkhand & Chhattisgarh which are rich in forest resources can be a great breeding ground to develop biofuels to power aeroplanes. Investing in developing alternate fuels to power our aeroplanes at Jharsuguda will pave the way for a new paradigm in the economic development of Odisha. It will also benefit adivasis, tribals & forest dwellers residing in the neighbouring states of Chhattisgarh & Jharkhand,” he concluded.