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Update on Jharsuguda airport

Following is a report from http://odishasuntimes.com:

Airports Authority of India (AAI) has urged the Odisha government to urgently take up with the Centre the issue of necessary clearance for airlines which have evinced interest in introducing international flights from and to the Biju Patnaik airport here.

Biju Patnaik International Airport

Even months after the Centre granted international status to the airport, international flights are yet to take off from the premier airport in the state in the absence of central clearance.

AAI regional executive director S Bhaduri (Eastern region) has urged the state government to expedite the process during a meeting with chief secretary J K Mohapatra on Friday.

Officials had a detailed discussion on the Centre’s delay in clearing airlines’ proposal for commencing global operations from the city airport.

The eastern region controls 17 airports (including non-operational) and five aeronautical communications stations.

It is to be mentioned that several flight operators have shown interest in operating from the state considering the low fuel cost and parking fee with FlyDubai even submitting its proposed flight schedule to the Centre.

According to sources, the officials also discussed for development of the Jharsuguda airport.

Bhaduri has requested the government to expedite the process of signing an MoU with the AAI for the development of the Jharsuguda airport, which is all set to become the second largest airport in the state.

An estimated Rs 175 crore would be spent on the development of the airport out of which the Odisha government would spend Rs 50 crores while the rest of the funds would be borne by the AAI.

Land measuring 119 acres will be provided by the state to the AAI while the latter will earmark the land of the same measurement to the state near Jharsuguda airport.

June 20, 2014 at 7:38 am 1 comment

Global, domestic carriers keen to fly from Bhubaneswar; current status of Jharsuguda airport

Following report is from the BS:

With the Biju Patnaik airport in the city getting the international tag, global carriers like Air Arabia and SilkAir have evinced interest to start commercial operations.

Air Arabia, a low cost airline based in Sharjah (UAE) is keen to run flights between Bhubaneswar and the UAE. Air Arabia is the only publicly listed airline in the UAE, serving 15 destinations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Egypt. It also operates 154 weekly flights within the Gulf.

SilkAir, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, has proposed to run flights connecting Bhubaneswar with Singapore via Kolkata and Vishakapatnam. The operator runs scheduled passenger services from Singapore to 43 cities in Southeast Asia, South Asia, China and Australia. As the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir serves the short haul destinations in the Singapore Airlines Group network.

“Earlier flydubai had presented a schedule to the Government of India and the Odisha government to start flights connecting Bhubaneswar with Dubai. Now, Air Arabia and SilkAir have also evinced interest. The route permit for these flight operations has to be given by the Ministry of Civil aviation,” said an official source.

On the domestic route, Spice Jet and Go Air are ready to run flights from the city international airport from April 1 after the state government slashed VAT (value added tax) on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) to five per cent from 20 per cent. Gurgaon-based low cost carrier Indigo has also offered to run 3-4 additional flights.

On October 30 last year, the Ministry of Civil aviation declared the Biju Patnaik airport in the city an international airport.

Apart from getting the tag of an international airport, the Biju Patnaik airport is also equipped with a new domestic terminal. The terminal is capable of handling 400 arriving and 400 departing passengers. The terminal building is spread over an area of 18,240 sq metre, has in-line compatible baggage handling system, escalators, elevators, flight information display system (FIDS) and CCTV for surveillance with the interiors depicting the state culture.

Meanwhile, the state government has committed to provide additional Rs 25 crore towards development of the Jharsuguda airport. Earlier, the state government had committed Rs 50 crore for the airport.

Airports Authority of India (AAI) had worked out the tentative cost of developing the Jharsuguda airport at Rs 150 crore. AAI had urged the state government to contribute 50 per cent of the cost after it felt that the Jharsuguda airport may not be commercially viable.

January 15, 2014 at 1:58 am Leave a comment

Recent update on Jharsuguda airport

Following report is from TOI:

BHUBANESWAR: The state government has asked Jharsuguda collector to identify 119 acre of land for expansion of the airport there.

In a letter to the district collector, the government last week stated that the land should be identified according to the demand and revised master plan of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for expansion of Jharsuguda airport, spread over 909.22 acre.

To convert it into a full-fledged airport, the AAI needs additional 275.75 acre. The first phase plan includes acquisition of 119 acre for the purpose, said a senior government officer. Collector of Jharsuguda Niranjan Sahu told TOI that they have already received the letter and efforts are on to identify and acquire the required land. It would include government, private and a patch of forest land, Sahu said, adding that the proposed expansion of the Jharsuguda airport would help in the operations of domestic flights.

The government had earlier made a similar attempt for expansion of Jeypore airstrip. It had sent a letter to Koraput collector to identify 910 acre for developing the airstrip there.

April 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

Air Odisha aviation introduces flights to Jharsuguda and Rourkela

Following report is from the Sambad (updated 03.11.2012):

Following is an IANS report published in the DNA:

Air Odisha Aviation Friday launched commercial flights between capital Bhubaneswar and important industrial hubs in the state on an experimental basis, a senior company official said.

The service was flagged off by state Tourism and Culture Minister Maheswar Mohanty at a simple function at the Biju Patnaik Airport of Bhubaneswar.

In the first phase, the Odisha-based private company has introduced flights to Rourkela and Jharsuguda. Subsequently, it will extend the service to other important towns in the state, the official told IANS.

The flying time of the nine-seater aircraft from Bhubaneswar to Rourkela via Jharsuguda will be about an hour and a half. Rourkela and Jharsuguda are located at the distance of about 514 and 374 km from the state capital respectively.

The state government led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is keen on improving intra-state, inter-state and international air connectivity to meet the growth challenges in future.

It is planning to develop at least five greenfield airports, including at upcoming industrial centres like Paradip, Dhamra, Angul, Kalinganagar and Rayagada.

Moreover, it has proposed to upgrade existing airstrips at Gopalpur, Jharsuguda, Jeypore, Barbil and Rourkela.

Following is another report from the Sambad:

November 2, 2012 at 11:11 am 2 comments

Air Odisha flights to start first phase operation from Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Angul, Raipur and Nuapada

Following report is from TNIE:

By Express News Service – BHUBANESWAR, 26th August 2012 12:22 PM

Air Odisha Aviation Pvt Ltd has firmed up plans to start commercial flights between Bhubaneswar and important industrial hubs of the State and select tourist draws in eastern India.

The company has proposed to start the operation during the first week of October if everything goes as per the schedule, said Air Odisha sources.

‘’The company has already obtained the no objection certificate from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for running non-scheduled air operations,’’ the sources said.

The company has sought waiver of ground charges for use of airstrips managed by the Government.

It has also suggested that aviation turbine fuel (ATF), used by aircraft, needs to be tax free to ensure that air travel is economically viable for tourists.

“It has been decided to start seven days operation from Bhubaneswar to some select regions of the State.

Connectivity to Kolkata will be available for three days and connectivity to Raipur and Nuapada for same number of days,” the company sources said.

Connectivity to Kolkata will be via Jharsuguda and Rourkela.

Capacity enhancement will be based on demand.

The company has also proposed to provide air link to Jeypore, Vizag and Barbil in its second phase of operation.

Making a review of the progress at a high- level meeting here on Friday, Chief Secretary BK Patnaik advised Air Odisha to start first phase operation from Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Angul, Raipur and Nuapada.

Flying time estimate shows that total flying time from Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda will be an hour with additional 15 minutes on ground.

Similarly, flying time from Bhubaneswar to Rourkela will be an hour and from Bhubaneswar to Angul 30 minutes with additional 15 minutes on ground for upward flights. For downward flights from these places to Bhubaneswar, the time on ground will be 30 minutes.

 The company plans to start its operations with a nine-seater. Air Odisha is also looking beyond the State.

It is eyeing destinations like Vizag, Kolkata, Ranchi, Raipur, Jamshedpur, Tirupati and Shirdi after procuring a 19- seater aircraft.

Initially, it will offer connectivity between the City and places of industrial activities like Rourkela, Jharsuguda and Jeypore.

Mine-rich locations like Barbil and Angul also figure on the company’s radar and operations to these places will be introduced depending on viability, the sources said.

Flight operations to Shirdi and Tirupati are expected to begin by December, said a company official.

The non-scheduled air transport services are expected to boost industrial, tourism and business activities in the State.

Following is another report from the Sambad:

Following is another report from http://business-standard.com/india/news/air-odisha-to-start-flightsept/479406/

Air Odisha Aviation Pvt Ltd, a company floated by Odia entrepreneurs, has firmed up plans to start commercial flight operations connecting Bhubaneswar with important industrial hubs in the state and also with select destinations of tourist importance in eastern India.

The company looks to start its operations with a nine-seater, no-frills carrier from September this year. Initially, it will offer connectivity between the city and places of industrial activity like Rourkela, Jharsuguda and Jeypore. Mine rich locations like Barbil and Angul also figure on the company’s radar and operations to these places will be introduced depending on viability.

Air Odisha is also looking beyond the state. It is eyeing destinations like Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata, Ranchi, Raipur, Jamshedpur, Tirupati and Shirdi after procuring a 19-seater aircraft.

“The fare would range from Rs 4000-6000 per head for travel within the state and also to eastern India cities. For Shirdi and Tirupati, we would charge Rs 12,000. Flight operations to Shirdi are expected to begin by December this year,” said a company official.

“We have already obtained the no objection certificate from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for running non-scheduled air operations,” he added. The company has sought waiver of ground charges for use of airstrips managed by the government. It has also suggested that aviation turbine fuel (ATF) to be used by aircrafts need to be tax free to ensure that it is economically viable for tourists to travel by air.

August 27, 2012 at 3:34 am 3 comments

Odisha plans five new greenfield airports

Following is a PTI report:

Bhubaneswar, Aug 14:

The Odisha Government has proposed to develop greenfield airports in five locations in an effort to boost intra-State and inter-State civil aviation facilities.

The five airports will come up in the industrial hubs of Rayagada, Paradip, Dhamara, Angul and Kalinganagar, a senior official said, adding that proposals were also on the anvil to upgrade existing airfields at Gopalpur, Jharsuguda, Barbil and Rourkela.

The State-owned IPICOL, in association with the Civil Aviation Department, has initiated a roadmap for facilitating investment in aviation-related activities to boost intra and inter-state trade and tourism.

“A roadmap has been prepared for a period of 10 years from 2012-13 to 2022-23. The proposed areas of development range from creation of night parking facility and hinterland connectivity to establishment of aero city and refuelling hub,” the official said.

The state also set a target of creating milestones such as domestic terminal and connectivity, setting up of aviation training institutes, operationalisation of international flight, development of cargo hub and airline base, the sources said.

The State, at present, has 17 airstrips and 16 helipads. The Government has also identified nine locations to be connected through civil aviation facility.

“We are working on operation of flights to establish connectivity to other cities such as Raipur, Patna, Bhopal and Ranchi,” the official said.

He said a high-level meeting, chaired by Chief Secretary, B K Patnaik, was held recently on the matter.

He has also asked IPICOL to explore partnership opportunities with interested airlines for connectivity to South and Southeast Asia from the international wing of Bhubaneswar Airport.

August 16, 2012 at 1:41 am Leave a comment

Nagpur air traffic control (ATC) linked to Jharsuguda airport

Following is a report from TOI:

NAGPUR: The air traffic control (ATC) at Nagpur airport has achieved another milestone by getting interlinked with Jharsuguda ATC. Nagpur ATC is already linked to Bhopal and Hyderabad ATCs, and now it can monitor air traffic over 75% of the country.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, airport manager AK Verma said the interlinking was done by laying an optical fibre cable. “Jharsuguda ATC was commissioned a few days ago. Now, our area extends 960km in the east, 890km in south and 650km in north. Mumbai was linked to Nagpur before the project was launched.”

Airport Authority of India (AAI) had started installation of Indra radars at 38 airports of the country. Nagpur was the first to be commissioned in January 2012. It is also installing automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADSB) systems in airports and work in Nagpur is going on at full space. The deadline for this project is December 2013. ADSB will supplement the ATC radars.

“In the present system, ATC transmits electromagnetic waves to the aircraft, which send back its location. When ADSB transponders are installed in aircraft and on ground, the ATC will continuously get signals about their location,” Verma explained.

Office on special duty (OSD) Shafique Shah and ATC in-charge SC Haldar said that work on GPS-aided geo-augmented navigation (Gagan) was also going on at full swing. This technology uses satellites to aid aircraft in navigation. “We will, however, keep the present equipment on standby.” Presently, Gagan is only used in United States, Russia and Europe. China and Japan do not use this technology.

July 13, 2012 at 5:46 am Leave a comment

Some progress on land acquisition for Jharsuguda airport

Following report is from the Hindu:

Process to be initiated for alienation of 126 acres of land

In a bid to convert the existing airstrip at Jharsuguda into a full-fledged domestic airport, the State government has given its approval for alienation of government land measuring 126.41 acres in Jharsuguda district.

Revenue and Disaster Management department has been asked to initiate the process of alienation of 126 acres of land in consultation with Jharsuguda district magistrate and airport director of Airport Authority of India, Biju Patnaik Airport.

It is to be noted that Jharsuguda district magistrate had identified 191.26 acres comprising both government and private land in three villages such as Talmal, Durlaga and Jharsuguda TU-8 (Malimunda). Around 30 villagers would lose their land.

Land patches in three villages would help meet the additional land requirement for basic strip, hanger and stop way of Jharsuguda airport.

In January last, both State government and AAI officials had visited the Jharsuguda airport to assess the land requirement for development of Jharsuguda airport. The existing airport has around 815 acres of land and another 191 acres would be required for its expansion.

Additional acquisition of land would help construction of a 6,000-foot-long-runway. It is proposed that the development of Jharsuguda airport would be completed within two years. The AAI had proposed to invest in development of airport in two phases. The investment in the second phase would depend on the traffic of the airport.

At present, Biju Patanaik Airport in Bhubaneswar is the only airport available in the State. Besides, there are 16 airstrips and 12 helipads for landing of aircraft and helicopters. On completion of the proposed development, Jharsuguda would be the second full-fledged airport in the State after Bhubaneswar. Initially, there is a proposal to get the airport ready for ATR 72-500 type of aircraft operations and subsequently for AB0321.

Industrial hub

Of late Jharsuguda has emerged an industrial hub in the State. Several thermal power stations, steel plants, aluminium smelter and small sponge iron plants have come up within 70 kilometre radius of the town. The proposed airport would ease tension of business executives to reach capital city.


  • Additional acquisition of land will help construction of a 6,000-foot-long-runway
  • It is estimated that the development of the airport will be completed in two years

July 3, 2012 at 2:12 am Leave a comment

Operationalisation of Jharsuguda Airport will start with ATR 72-500 type of aircraft

Following is a PIB report: 

Odisha Chief Minister calls on Civil Aviation Minister
Civil Aviation Ministry to process the proposal for upgradation of Bhubaneswar Airport to International Airport
New Domestic Terminal Building to be ready by August
The Union Civil Aviation Minister Ch. Ajit Singh has said that the proposal of Odisha Government for the upgradation of Biju Patnayak Domestic Airport Bhubaneswar to International Airport will be processed by his Ministry for seeking the Cabinet approval. Ch. Ajit Singh said this today in a meeting with Odisha Chief Minister, Shri Navin Patnayak in New Delhi.

Ch. Ajit Singh has agreed to consider the proposal of upgradation of Bhubaneswar Airport and seek the Cabinet approval for the same in keeping with the State’s Tourism potential including famous Buddhist sites and monuments. Odisha is also rich in biodiversity, natural resources and mines which strengthens the claim of Bhubaneswar Airport to be upgraded as International Airport.

The new Domestic Terminal Building at Biju Patnayak Airport Bhubaneswar which is likely to be completed by August 2012, will cater to 800 passengers against the capacity of 500 of the present terminal building. The new terminal building will be completed at the cost of Rs 145.54 Crores and will include extension of Apron for additional one ‘D’ type and two ‘C’ type bay.

The Civil Aviation Minister, among other things, also discussed the issues relating to construction of main approach road from Sachivalaya Main Road to Airport, land acquisition of 22 acres for extension of basic strip upto 300 mtrs., land acquisition of 141 acres for extension of runway from 9000 ft to 10,500 ft., and the proposal for development and operationalisation of Jharsuguda Airport in phased manner, initially for ATR 72-500 type of aircraft operations and subsequently for AB0321.

SP/ska
(Release ID :80759)

March 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment

Survey of Jharsuguda airport and visit by AAI officials

Following report is from the Sambad:

Following is another report from expressbuzz.com:

JHARSUGUDA: Officials of the State Government and Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Thursday visited the Jharsuguda airport to look into land acquisition for the airport.

The State Government has recently decided to develop the Jharsuguda airport as the second full-fledged airport in the State.  The existing airport has around 815 acres of land and another 191 acres would be required following the State Government’s decision.

Chief Secretary B K Patnaik had a few days back said that the Government had decided to develop the State’s oldest airstrip at Jharsuguda.

In the process, the Jharsuguda administration would undertake land acquisition for the required 40 acres for construction of a runway for the Jharsuguda airstrip. The Chief Secretary had said that  40 acres would help construct a 6,000-foot-long runway.

AAI general manager A K Pathak exuded confidence that the land acquisition process and other procedures would be completed soon to make the airport operational.

District Collector Guru Prasad Mishra said the district administration had already instructed revenue officials to complete the land acquisition process at the earliest.  Additional Secretary (General Administration) N R Lenka was present.

January 13, 2012 at 8:37 am Leave a comment

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