Civil Aviation Minister Urges Odisha Govt To Ensure Land For New International Airport Near Bhubaneswar

New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday said that Odisha government should ensure land for the proposed new international airport near Bhubaneswar.
Responding to queries during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, the minister said the Jharsuguda airport in western Odisha is a “full-fledged” airport and the Centre is willing to cooperate with the state government to address infrastructure gaps.Highlighting land issues for setting up of a new international airport near Bhubaneswar, Puri said: “Three sites have been identified by authorities concerned. But the Airport Authority of India found them to be inadequate. The fourth site is under discussion.”
Responding to a query on poor flight service at the Jharsuguda airport, the minister said, “It is a full-fledged airport. The issue is on civil aviation infrastructure. We are happy to cooperate.”
Regarding the request to start direct flights from Bhubaneswar to Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore, he added: “The decision to operationalise a route from Bhubaneswar to Jakarta or Bhubaneswar to Colombo will entirely depend on the commercial viability of the proposition.”

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