Friday, the state-owned SAIL announced that it had signed a deal with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to make commercial flights from Rourkela in Odisha easier. Through its subsidiary, Rourkela Steel Plant, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) has signed the management and operation agreement with AAI.
In 2018, the public company had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) allowing it to use its own airport for commercial flights under the UDAN regional connectivity scheme.This airport’s upgrade has received financial support from the civil aviation ministry.In addition to providing assistance with other local clearances, the government of Odisha will provide security, fire, and ambulance services.
The airport will be run by AAI and SAIL – Rourkela Steel Plant on their behalf. The Civil Aviation Ministry’s flagship project, the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) -UDAN, aims to improve regional air connectivity by providing support in the form of infrastructure and other facilities.
Better connectivity for residents of Rourkela, Bokaro, and Burnpur would result from the RCS-UDAN’s opening of these airports, which would also accelerate regional development.