On August 31, 2023, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, accompanied by Gen Vijay Kumar Singh (Retd), Minister of State for Civil Aviation, marked a significant milestone with the inauguration of Utkela Airport in Odisha. This development comes as part of the ambitious UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme, aimed at enhancing regional air connectivity across India.
Boosting Regional Connectivity:
The key highlight of this inauguration is the introduction of a direct flight route between Utkela and Bhubaneshwar. This air link promises to strengthen regional connectivity and stimulate economic growth within the region.
Swift Travel Times and Employment Opportunities:
Travel between Utkela and Bhubaneshwar will now be remarkably efficient, with the flight covering the distance in just one hour and twenty minutes. Minister Scindia emphasized that this improved connectivity would catalyze economic activities and create employment prospects in the area.
The Aircraft and Runway:
To facilitate this crucial air link, nine-seater Cessna C-208 aircraft will be deployed. Utkela Airport boasts a well-designed runway with a length of 917 meters (2,995 feet) and a width of 30 meters, ensuring safe and efficient operations.
Enhancing Odisha’s Aviation Landscape:
With the addition of Utkela Airport, Odisha’s aviation infrastructure now includes a total of five airports. This connection between Kalahandi (Utkela) and Bhubaneswar, in addition to links with other cities within the state, is poised to drive comprehensive development in the region.