On Monday, the Central Government has declared that it wants to extend the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIAP), which will require Rs. 930 crores investment.
Union Secretary of Civil Aviation Ministry, Rajiv Nayan Choubey has made the announcement after a meeting with the state Chief Secretary A P Padhi.
He continued that the Terminal 3 of the BPIAP will be extended soon and the Central government has decided to commence the work on the project of extension from July 2019.
Following the extension, the handling capacity of BPIAP of passengers will be increased to 80 lakh from the earlier 35 lakh passengers.
While replying to a question, Joint Secretary of Civil Aviation, Usha Padhee said that the Centre has been taking necessary steps to resume the services of flights from the newly-inaugurated Veer Surendra Sai Airport at Jharsuguda.
Ms. Padhee claims that the Ministry has floated a tender in this aspect and services will start likely by January 2019.
On September 22, Jharsuguda Airport was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
Sources of airport reports that Terminal 3 will be constructed for passengers of domestic air, whereas, Terminal 1 and 2 will be dedicated for passengers of International flights.