In a significant development, the flight service from Odisha capital Bhubaneswar to steel city Rourkela will begin from 14th June 2018.
With Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) inking an MoU with Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Monday for the introduction of flights from Rourkela airport, the much-awaited air connection from the city to Kolkata and Bhubaneswar will become a reality soon.
SAIL is the owner of Rourkela airport and the signing of an MoU with AAI was mandatory for the introduction of commercial flights from the city airport. The inking of the MoU, believed to be the last step before the introduction of UDAN services from Rourkela, has been welcomed.
“The introduction of air services will not only increase connectivity but expedite development here,” said Bimal Bisi, president of the RSP Executives’ Association, Rourkela.
“People from all walks of life have been keenly awaiting the introduction of air services here and we are happy to know that all formalities have been completed,” said K K Poddar, president of the Rourkela Chamber of Commerce and Industry.