SAIL, AAI join forces to facilitate operations at Rourkela Airport

Bhubaneswar: In order to facilitate commercial operations at Rourkela Airport in Odisha under the RCS UDAN scheme, Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) signed an operation and management (O&M) agreement on Friday.

In 2018, SAIL signed an MoU to use its own airport, under the UDAN scheme, to operate commercial flights.

SAIL has now signed the O&M contract with AAI, through the Rourkela Steel Plant, to facilitate the commencement of commercial flights from Rourkela.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has provided financial support for the modernization of this airport. The Odisha government will provide the security, fire and ambulance services, besides helping with other local clearances.

AAI, on behalf of SAIL-Rourkela Steel Plant, will operate and manage the airport.

The airport will provide relief to all air travelers from the industrial city of Rourkela and surrounding areas.

The launch of the air services is also significant in view of the upcoming Hockey World Cup, where 20 of the total 44 matches will be held in Rourkela in January 2023.

This global event will witness a huge footfall in Rourkela during the period and the requirement of air connectivity to the city will be a major necessity for logistical reasons.

SAIL, one of the country’s largest steel companies and CPSE ‘Maharatna’, is actively involved in the development of peripheral areas around its manufacturing facilities. This undertaking, in the public interest, is likely to stimulate economic activity in this region.

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