The Odisha Government has given the green light to Air Odisha to start inter-state airline operations from Bhubaneswar to Rourkela, Sambalpur and Jeypore.
The company has decided to begin the flight operations by July end and fixed the airfare at Rs 2,000 per person in all three routes. However, the fare could be increased in future.
According to Air Odisha Director Trideeb Rout, the company has already put a nine-seater plane (excluding Pilot and Co-Pilot) Cessna 208 Caravan on stand-by, which is ready to fly any time.
The Bhubaneswar-Jeypore flight will take 1:30 hours, while Bhubaneswar-Sambalpur will take 1:15 hours. Similarly, it will take 1:05 hours to reach Rourkela from Bhubaneswar.
In the future, Air Odisha will expand its operations to Jharsuguda and Nuapada. Meanwhile, the Odisha Government has decided to provide ambulance, fire tenders and other security services to Air Odisha to conduct its operations smoothly.