Bhubaneswar: SpiceJet on Wednesday started ticket booking for operations to and from the Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda.
An event marking the commencement of booking of flights to Jharsuguda was held in Delhi by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who hails from Odisha along with Union Civil Aviation (MoS) Jayant Sinha.
The western Odisha’s first airport will now be connected to Delhi, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai and Raipur under UDAN 3. The flight operation will begin from March 31.
Now, the SpiceJet will connect Jharsuguda with key metro cities with the introduction of daily direct flights on Jharsuguda-Delhi-Jharsuguda, Jharsuguda-Hyderabad-Jharsuguda and Jharsuguda-Kolkata-Jharsuguda sectors.
Jharsuguda will be SpiceJet’s 10th destination under UDAN. 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.
Under UDAN 3 Bhubaneswar will be connected to Varanasi, Rourkela, Kalaikunda and Jagdalpur, said Union Minister Pradhan.
“A new airport at Rourkela will be connected to Raipur and Bhubaneswar. A total of 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,” added Pradahn.