Jamshedpur, Jan 31: After a gap of almost 10 years, Jamshedpur aerodrome resumed commercial flight operations connecting the steel city with Kolkata.
The much-awaited flight from Jamshedpur to Kolkata took-off on Tuesday at Sonari Airport. CM Hemant Soren flagged off the air service.
On the occasion, CM said that the State government is making every effort to improve the traffic system in the state. From road to air, the connectivity network is being spread to provide maximum amenities to the people. He expressed confidence that similar air services will also be available from Jamshedpur to other cities soon. Soren said that the state government will come up with a new airport in Sahibganj.
“The people of the city will be immensely benefited with air service and will also result in the city embarking on a renewed phase of growth. It will give a boost to industrial development of the state of Jharkhand. I also wish success to the move,” he noted.
Addressing the function online, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the Government’s resolve to take air service to the people across the country can be seen in the form of commencement of air service from Jamshedpur to Kolkata.
He went on to inform that air connectivity under UDAAN service is being expanded at a fast pace and that initiative has been taken to connect Jamshedpur to Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by air.
The commercial flight facility is being provided from Jamshedpur to Kolkata and from Kolkata to Jamshedpur by IndiaOne Air’s 9- seater aircraft.
Flight facility is being provided from Jamshedpur to Kolkata and from Kolkata to Jamshedpur by India-One Air’s 9 Center Grand Caravan X (C208B) aircraft. With this plan, India-One Air is expanding its connectivity to Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha. This service is being operated daily from 1 February 2023. This aircraft will reach its passengers from Jamshedpur at 10.15 am to Kolkata at 11.20 am, while it will return from Kolkata at 12.10 am to Jamshedpur at 1.20 am.
According to IndiaOne Air, it will take 1 hour and 20 minutes from Bhubaneswar to Jamshedpur and 1 hour and 5 minutes from Jamshedpur to Kolkata.
Jamshedpur debuted on the country’s air map in 2007 with Air Deccan linking the city to Calcutta, but the service ended soon. Then, MDLR Kingfisher resumed connectivity in 2009, but only for a few months. On August 17, 2010, Deccan Charters hired a turboprop 19-seater aircraft with a fare of Rs 5,000, but services ended in February 2011.