Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday, July 12 announced that Jharkhand is set to get three more airports. He also said that 14 new air routes will be made available in the state to increase connectivity.
Scindia, who accompanied Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Jharkhand, said the new airports will come up at Bokaro, Jamshedpur and Dumka. Earlier in the day, Modi inaugurated the Deoghar airport among other projects.
“Jharkhand will soon have five airports. After Ranchi and Deoghar, we will set up airports in Bokaro, Jamshedpur and Dumka. Also, 14 new air routes will be introduced in the state to increase connectivity.
India had 74 airports in the past 70 years. During the last eight years, 67 new airports have been established taking the total to 141, including heliports and water domes.”Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Minister of Civil Aviation
The new routes include Dumka-Ranchi, Dumka-Kolkata, Bokaro-Patna, Bokaro-Kolkata, Deoghar-Patna and Deoghar-Kolkata, he said. The Deoghar airport will soon be connected to Ranchi, Patna and the national capital Delhi.
Daily direct flights from Delhi to Deoghar starting July 25
The new Deoghar Airport in Jharkhand will be connected to Delhi via direct to and fro flights starting July 25, the Ministry of Civil Aviation informed in a tweet.
IndiGo announces flight services between Delhi and Deoghar effective from July 30, 2022.
“This flight is in addition to the Kolkata-Deoghar route that was inaugurated today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. IndiGo will be the first airline to operate from Deoghar, which will boost connectivity to Jharkhand and nearby regions,” the official statement by IndoGo read.
As a key step to provide direct connectivity to Baba Baidyanath Dham, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the much-awaited newly-built Deoghar Airport on July 12. It has been constructed at an estimated cost of around INR 400 crore.
The Terminal Building of the airport is equipped to handle over five lakh passengers annually. IndiGo will operate the maiden flight from the airport to Kolkata today.
The airport is ready to become operational as two flight run trials have been successful, officials earlier said. The Indian low-cost airline IndiGo recently announced that it will start flight operations between Jharkhand’s Deoghar and Kolkata from July 12. The Deoghar-Kolkata flights will operate four times each week from July 12.
When operational, the airport will be the second of international standards in Jharkhand after the Birsa Munda international airport in Ranchi and will provide air connectivity to Jharkhand, northern West Bengal, and south-eastern Bihar.