Modi inaugurates Jharsuguda airport

SpiceJet to launch flights from Jharsuguda airport from March 31

New Delhi: Budget carrier SpiceJet on Wednesday announced that it will operate daily direct flights to the Veer Surendra Sai Airport in Jharsuguda from March 31.

The airlines will launch daily direct flights on the Jharsuguda-Delhi-Jharsuguda, Jharsuguda-Hyderabad-Jharsuguda and Jharsuguda-Kolkata-Jharsuguda routes, starting from March 31, said a statement.

The airline will be deploying its Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the Jharsuguda-Delhi-Jharsuguda sector to further enhance air- connectivity in and around Western Odisha.

“Availability of Flights connecting Jharsuguda to the Rest of India is a red letter day in the civil aviation history of Odisha. Improved air connectivity will not only benefit people in Western Odisha, it will also be a harbinger of development for the State,” said Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

He was present during the launching of ticket booking here.

Under UDAN-3, Bhubaneswar will be connected to Varanasi, Rourkela, Kalaikunda and Jagdalpur, he added.

He said a new airport at Rourkela will be connected to Raipur and Bhubaneswar.

“Rs 160 crore has been sanctioned for development of airports at Jharsuguda, Jeypore, Utkela and Rourkela, taking the cumulative spending to over Rs 1200 crore for developing air connectivity in Odisha since 2014,” said Pradhan.