Jharsuguda: Barely after a month of the start of regular flight connectivity from Jharsuguda Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Delhi sector is witnessing a high occupancy rate.

The regular flight services (under UDAN Scheme) of Spice jet Airlines had commenced on 31st March, for the three sectors Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata from VSS Airport, Jharsuguda.

As per the data, in the last 28 days, a total of 9,850 passengers have travelled from VSS Airport, including 4,692 passengers arrived and 5,160 passengers departed from Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda.

VSS Airport Director Sudesh Kumar Chauhan said, “With an average rate of  93% occupancy rate, Delhi-Jharsuguda-Delhi sector is a top performing sector, followed by Hyderabad-Jharsuguda-Hyderabad with an average occupancy rate of 70% and Kolkata-Jharsuguda-Kolkata with an average occupancy rate of 60%.

Additionally, VSS Airport is getting a very good response with an average footfall of 350 passengers per day and an overall occupancy rate of 75% in all three routes together. However, Alliance air (A wholly owned Subsidiary of Air India Limited) which has already set up its office but due to model code of conduct has not started its operation, it is likely to start its service from May end or June first week.”

He also added that we have also requested Spice Jet to start of flight services to Mumbai and Bangalore sector, which is in pipeline and could start its services very soon.”

“The passengers for the Delhi sector would increase further if the airlines upgrade the flight from current Bombardier Q400 which is around 78 seater to  Boeing 737 which has 180 Seater capacity. Presently after consumption of 50% of UDAN Seat, the fares rise to around Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 15,000 one way, due to which many passengers shy away. “said Pavan Sultania, a local businessman