No flights from Jharsuguda for a week

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No flights from Jharsuguda for a week

Monday, 15 October 2018 | PNS | JHARSUGUDA

The recently-inaugurated Veer Surendra Sai Airport (VSSA) at Jharsuguda has disappointed people of western Odisha with no operation of flights under the UDAN scheme in the past one week.

Even three weeks after the commissioning of Odisha’s second major airport, air passengers hardly got the flight services to other destinations from here.

After its inauguration, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had released a schedule for flight operations from the airport.

However, passengers are still waiting to get services.

As per the schedule, the flight services to Bhubaneswar, Raipur and Ranchi from Jharsuguda were to be operated six days in a week excluding Sunday.

The regular schedule for flight operations had commenced from September 24.

Reports said that not a single flight by the Air Odisha has been operated in the past seven days. Rather, the airport has turned into a point of amusement for public.

The flight operations have been halted due to technical glitches, a source in the Air Odisha said.

The flight services would be resumed after getting notification from the DGCA about a winter flight schedule. The operations would probably start from Monday, he said.

Notably, the VSSA was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 22 under the UDAN (Udega Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme. Built with an investment of Rs 210 crore, the airport was expected to play a major role in development in sectors of Odisha Tourism and hotel industries.

However, the irregular flight services from the airport have raised doubt on its long-run operations in future.

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