Saturday, June 09, 2018

Jamshedpur to come on national air map soon

Jamshedpur: East Singhbhum district administration, local civic body (JNAC) and Tata Steel aviation department officials on Friday conducted a study of the Sonari Airport runway to find out feasibility of starting flight service as part of regional connectivity scheme.

According to information, the team inspected the Sonari airstrip and studied the obstacle limitation surface survey report done in the airstrip by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in 2015 and also visited some nearby areas coming under the funnel areas of the airport.

The idea is to ensure maximum utilization of the existing runway at the Sonari Airport and start flight service under regional connectivity scheme.

“We are going to file a report based on the findings of the physical verifications of the funnel area of the Sonari Airport. East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amit Kumar will submit a report during the June 11 meeting called by union civil aviation secretary, R N Choubey in New Delhi to find out feasibility of starting flights under regional connectivity scheme between Jamshedpur  and Kolkata. The meeting would also be attended by representatives of DGCA, AAI, secretary civil aviation Rahul Sharma and Air Deccan officials,” said an official.

Amit Kumar, the deputy commissioner, said that Chennai-based Go Soft e Solutions (P) Limited, has been asked by DGCA to conduct survey of the funnel zone.

Air Deccan which had bagged bid under Regional Connectivity Scheme for Jamshedpur- Kolkata route and was scheduled to start the flight in February this year, suddenly postponed their plans citing load restrictions imposed by DGCA for operation of a 19-seater aircraft (hired by Air Deccan).
09/06/18 Parvinder Bhatia/Daily Pioneer