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Odisha Sun Times Bureau Bhubaneswar, Jan 19:
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today flagged off the intra-state flight service offered by chartered carrier Air Odisha connecting three destinations in the state.
On its inaugural journey, the carrier took off to Sambalpur from Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here and would return to Bhubaneswar via Jharsuguda. The inauguration ceremony was held at the hangar of the old terminal of the airport at 11.15 am.
Air Odisha Aviation Pvt Ltd will begin flight service to Jeypore, Rourkela and Jharsuguda from Thursday, sources said.
It may be mentioned that the nine-seater plane has the capacity fly 11 passengers, including a pilot and co-pilot.
Earlier, the airlines had conducted trial runs to four cities – Sambalpur, Jeypore, Jharsuguda and Rourkela.
The service will be available six days a week except on Sundays. The Bhubaneswar-based private carrier is offering tickets as low as Rs 2,499 as inaurugal offer.
It may be mentioned that the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), in December last year, had given a go-ahead to the air operator to fly intra-state commercial flights after clearing the on-board airworthiness tests.
BHUBANESWAR: A regional airline has proposed to start flight service to small and industrial towns of Jharsuguda, Angul, Rourkela and Jeypore within Odisha.
“Air Odisha Aviation Pvt Ltd has expressed its interest to operate flights from Bhubaneswar to different parts of the state such as Jharsuguda, Angul, Rourkela and Jeypore from this month,” Sharad Kumar, director Bhubaneswar Airport said.
Stating that the work for the Jharsuguda airport will begin from December this year, Kumar said it is likely to be completed within two years. Jharsuguda would be the second commercial airport in the state of Odisha, he said.
Go Air will be operating four daily flights – two flights to New Delhi and one each to Mumbai and Kolkata from the Biju Patnaik domestic airport from the October 26, Kumar said.
He also informed that the preparations are on for starting flights from Bhubaneswar to Bengaluru by another airline operator ATC Airways by February next year.
Presently, 32 flights to eight different destinations are operating from the airport here.
Following report is from the Sambad (updated 03.11.2012):
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:
Air Odisha flights to start first phase operation from Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Angul, Raipur and Nuapada
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.
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.
Bhubaneswar, Nov. 22: A private airline today submitted a proposal to the state government to start a daily air service between Rourkela and Calcutta. The company initially proposes to operate an 18-seater aircraft.
The company, which has done a preliminary survey, intends to use the airstrip of Rourkela steel plant but it has urged the government to provide another 64 acres to develop the airstrip. In the second phase, it plans to start anther flight from Rourkela to Bhubaneswar via Jharsuguda. The proposal is under consideration, said sources. Representatives of the airline met the chief secretary Bijay Patnaik and submitted their proposal today.
In a separate development today, the single-window clearance committee of the state government, cleared five proposals worth Rs 1,340 crore. Industries secretary T. Ramchandru said that Orissa-based Konark Kranti Energy would set up a petroleum complex at Paradip and a petroleum storage facility at Dhamra port. “The company will invest Rs 300 crore,” he said.
Britania Industries Limited would also set up a plant at Khurda with an investment of Rs 51 crore.
Around 700 people will be employed by the firm. Everest Industry would set up a corrugated asbestos plant at Somanthpur in Balasore with an investment of Rs 69 crore, Chariot Steel and Power would expand its cement plant at Sundergarh and invest Rs 320 crore while Nababharat Ventures Limited would set up a power plant with an investment of Rs 600 crore, he added.