Odisha’s Utkela Airport Gets Commercial Licence; Bhawanipatna-Bhubaneshwar Flights To Start Soon

by Tooba Shaikh
Odisha’s Utkela Airport Gets Commercial Licence; Bhawanipatna-Bhubaneshwar Flights To Start Soon

The Utkela Airport is an airstrip owned by the government of India in Odisha. Recently, the DGCA gave a nod for it to begin commercial operations soon. The DGCA is the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and is the regulatory body for aviation in India. It issued the 2B licence to Utkela airport and it will soon begin commercial flight operations. Here are all the details and updates about this piece of news.

Utkela Airport In Odisha Gets Licence To Commence Commercial Operations

On the 7th of August, Monday, the DGCA issued the 2B licence to Utkela Airport. It is located in the Bhawanipatna region of the Kalahandi district of Odisha. This licence will enable airport officials to operate regional commercial flights.

According to an article recently published by Zee News, this particular airport is one of the airstrips that are listed under the UDAN scheme, which is the regional connectivity scheme by the government of India. It is located around 15 kilometres from the headquarters of Bhawanipatna.

The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, recently took to his Twitter account and shared the update that the DGCA had given its approval to Utkela Airport commencing flight operations. The tweet was shared on the micro-blogging platform on the 7th of August.

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Flights Between Bhawanipatna And Bhubaneshwar To Begin Soon

Now that the airport has received the 2B licence to operate commercial flights, many reports are saying that it will soon commence regional flights. It will soon commence flights between Bhawanipatna and the state’s capital, Bhubaneshwar.

The airport officials are also planning to start flights between Utkela and Raipur, which is the capital of its neighbouring state, Chhattisgarh.

The licence was issued to the airport after officials from the DGCA did their due diligence and inspected the airport and its facilities. The UDAN scheme, which stands for Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik or Let The Common Citizen Fly, was announced by the Ministry of Civil Aviation in the June of the year 2016.

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Do you think this is an effective solution for solving connectivity problems in the state? Let us know in the comments below!

Cover Image Credits: @DmKalahandi/Twitter