Carrying 10 passengers including 4 divyang children and 3 crew members (one pilot, one assistant pilot and one flight attendant), the first flight (Air Odisha) took off from Jharsuguda airport which was named as the Veer Surendra Sai Airport, minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated this to the nation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Odisha’s second airport at Jharsuguda district named after freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai.
The maiden flight took off from the Jharsuguda airport to Raipur at 1.30 pm after getting a water salute. The flight services began under the regional air connectivity scheme UDAN (Udega Desh ka Aam Nagrik).
The airport will provide connectivity to Bhubaneswar, Raipur and Ranchi under Udan scheme.
Built over an area of 909.22 acre area at the cost of Rs 175 crore of which Odisha government has contributed Rs 50 crore, the airport has been developed for all weather conditions including operations for Airbus 320 and Boeing 737 type aircrafts.
The flight services from Jharsuguda will be operated six days in a week excluding Sunday. The regular schedule for flight operation will commence from September 24.