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Rourkela: The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security DG, Usha Padhee on Monday informed that flight operations from Rourkela Airport will begin soon.

The announcement came after a team of the Civil Aviation Ministry led by Usha Padhee visited the airstrip in Rourkela on Monday.

Following her visit, a high-level meeting was held at the airport which was attended by the CEO of Rourkela Steel Plant, representatives of various private airlines, Rourkela District Administration, Secretary of Odisha Transport Department and other senior officials of the Airport Authority of India.

After the meeting, Padhee further said that the works at the airport will be completed within 18 months.

Speaking about the decision, Odisha Transport Secretary, Madhusudan Padhi said, "The focus in the meeting was on acquiring 2C license for the Rourkela Airport within six to eight months. A short term action plan and a long term master plan to achieve the target was also discussed."

Notably, Class II airports are those airports that serve scheduled operations of small air carrier aircraft and unscheduled operations of large air carrier aircraft. Class II airports are not permitted to serve scheduled large air carrier operations.

It is worthwhile to mention that commercial flight services from the Jeypore airport in the Southern Odisha district of Koraput will start in six to eight months. An announcement was made on Friday after an inspection of the airstrip by the Commerce & Transport Secretary Madhusudan Padhi.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)