A second airport in Bhubaneswar may become reality soon. Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan urged the Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu to set up a new airport on outskirts of the city.
“ Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Bhubaneswar, which was started in 1962, is near saturation and faces severe space and runway related constraints. There is, thus, an urgent need to set up a new airport at Bhubaneswar given the tremendous growth potential of this Smart City,” Pradhan wrote to Prabhu on Friday.
Notably, the process of identifying a suitable piece of land near Khordha on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar is underway. As the construction of development of the airport takes considerable time, this process needs to be hastened to avoid severe air traffic congestions and needless public inconvenience, he wrote.
He proposed the minister for creation of an airline industrial hub in Bhubaneswar by setting up an ancillary industries like Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) units, Airline Skilling Institutes, Flight Kitchens and Parking Bays in the vicinity of the proposed new airport in Bhubaneswar that will boost employment opportunities and development of the region.
Pradhan also requested Prabhu for commissioning of a new terminal (terminal number 3) and revamping of facilities at existing two terminals with international standards.
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