New Delhi: The newly inaugurated Jharsuguda airport will be connected to six cities of the country through commercial flights as the Centre awarded routes under the UDAN-III.
Besides Bhubaneswar, the other cities which will be connected to Jharsuguda are Kolakata, Mumbai, Raipur, Hyderabad and Delhi. Similarly, Bhubaneswar will be connected to Varanasi, Rourkela, Kalaikunda and Jagadalpur while the new airport in Rourkela will get connection to Raipur and Bhubaneswar, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan informed as the Ministry of civil Aviation announced awarding 235 routes under the third round of the regional connectivity scheme.
Alliance Air and Indigo airlines will provide service between Bhubaneswar and Varansi while Alliance Air and Turbo Aviation will give flight service between Bhubaneswar-Rourkela-Jharsuguda. Similarly, Alliance Air and Turbo Aviation will give connection between Bhubaneswar and Kalaikunda and Bhubaneswar and Jagdalpur.
Alliance Air and Spice Jet will provide service from Jharsuguda to Kolkata and Alliance Air and Turbo Aviation will give its service between Jharsuguda -Bhubaneswar and Jharsuguda-Raipur. Moreover, Jharsuguda will be connected to Mumbai and Delhi with the service of Jet Airways and Spicejet respectively.
Likewise, Turbo Aviation and Alliance Air and Turbo Aviation will connect Rourkela with Raipur and Bhubaneswar respectively, Pradhan added.
The Ministry also decided to upgrade existing terminal and set up new terminal in Bhubaneswar airport at a cost of over Rs 1050 crore.
The Ministry also sanctioned Rs 160 crore for development of airports at Jharsuguda, Jeypore, Utkela and Rourkela.
The Centre today announced awarding 235 routes under the third round of the regional connectivity scheme.
SpiceJet, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Air India subsidiary Alliance, and Turbo Aviation are among the operators that have bagged the routes, according to the civil aviation ministry.
The ministry has also approved operation of seaplanes by SpiceJet and Turbo Aviation under the scheme.
Under UDAN-III, 235 routes have been awarded to 11 operators, an official said.