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PTI bhubaneswar India
Updated: 31-10-2018 20:39 IST

Union Minister Dharmendra

Pradhan Wednesday said talks are on with major airlines for

flight operations from the Jharsuguda Airport, a day after

chief minister Naveen Patnaik requested the prime minister for

introduction of new flights from the airport.

Talks are on with major airlines - Air India, IndiGo

and SpiceJet - for operations from the Jharsuguda Airport, the

Petroleum minister, who hails from the state, told reporters


Patnaik on Tuesday in a letter to the PM had also

drawn his attention to Air Odisha "abruptly suspending" its

flight operation from Jharsuguda Airport since October 6.

Air Odisha got the tender for flight operation from

Jharsuguda Aiport after the first round of bidding under the

regional air connectivity scheme the Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik


"If necessary, steps will be taken to cancel its

flight contract and a fresh tender will be floated for a

regular flight from the Jharsuguda," Pradhan said.

The Union minister said the Ministry of Civil Aviation

(MoCA) is reviewing the contract with Air Odisha and will come

up with a decision soon.

He said under UDAN Phase III, fresh tenders will be

floated and other carriers are expected to participate in the

bidding process.

Meanwhile, Odisha Tourism minister, Ashok Chandra

Panda said: "Pradhan should ask the Centre to issue a

notification to rename the Jharsuguda airport as Veer Surendra

Sai Airport. He should ensure flights from Bhubaneswar to New

Delhi via Jharsuguda ..." PTI AAM


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