Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct Air India authorities to start flight operations from Jharsuguda airport to Delhi.
After inauguration of Jharsuguda airport on September 22, 2018, Air Odisha has started flying operations under UDAN. However, its lincence was cancelled after it suddenly suspended operations on December 6 last year.
“Air Odisha has suddenly suspended operations since November 5, 2018 without any valid reason. During the inauguration of Jharsuguda airport on 22.09.2018, I had offered full support of the 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 step-over at Jharsuguda, connecting it immediately with New Delhi and Bhubaneswar,” said Patnaik.
“I 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,” urged Patnaik.
The Chief Minister said Jharsuguda is located strategically in the industrial and mining belt of Odisha and is a critical point of connectivity to western Odisha.