Jharsuguda: Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation(DGCA) has granted 4C Category license to the Jharsuguda airport in Odisha, paving the way for much-awaited flight operations from the Industrial town.
The license was given after a team from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) carried out the final inspection of the new airport recently.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday issued an aerodrome license to Jharsuguda airport, for operating Category 4C type aircraft, which include the Airbus 320 and Boeing 737.
Jharsuguda Airport was earlier granted 2B Category license for operating smaller aircraft of 18 seaters in the month of May.
Jharsuguda Airport Authority, Director, Sudesh Kumar Chauhan confirmed the development and said “Earlier Jharsuguda Airport was granted only 2B category License for operating smaller aircraft and on Tuesday DGCA has issued a license for operating Category 4C License for operating bigger aircraft like Airbus 320. Earlier even Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) had visited this airport and after conducting the survey they have also given the clearance. We are expecting that the airport will start soon.”
Now the Jharsuguda Airport, which is the second airport of Odisha, which is being jointly developed by State Government and AAI, with the primary intent of connecting western Odisha with the rest of the states is set to be completed very soon. In the first phase, the airport has been developed over 909 acres and 200 more acres will be added to it in the next phase, said an official.