Bhubaneswar: Passengers of Alliance Air flight to Jharsuguda from Bhubaneswar had a harrowing time today as their flight was unable to land at the Veer Surendra Sai Airport due to inclement weather.
As per reports, passengers boarded the Alliance Air flight at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar to fly to Jharsuguda this morning. However, the flight could not land at the Veer Surendra Sai Airport as permission for landing was denied due to prevailing bad weather. The flight later returned back to Bhubaneswar.
“My friend could not arrive in Jharsuguda as the flight was unable to land at the airport due to bad weather. Though a machine has been installed by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) at the Veer Surendra Sai Airport for smooth landing of planes even during harsh weather conditions, its working efficiency is doubtful because it could not even assist in the landing of the flight today despite slight rain,” said Dinesh Jain, a local.
In his reaction, Bargarh MP Suresh Pujari said, “I expect that all the problems will be sorted by December and there will be no issue while landing at the airport from next year. Once all the issues are identified, I will draw the attention the Civil Aviation Ministry to resolve them.”
It is pertinent to mention that the Doppler Very High-Frequency Omni Range (DVOR) technology was made operational at the Jharsuguda Airport on August 6 to enhance visibility of the planes by 2,300 metres at the airport.
Earlier, on July 23, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had tweeted that a state-of-the-art Instrument Landing System (ILS) will be installed at the Airport and made operational by December 2019.
Last month, several flights to and from the Veer Surendra Sai Airport were cancelled due to inclement weather.