A team of officials from Airport Authority of India (AAI) is on a visit to Odisha’s Steel City Rourkela to assess the feasibility for upgrading the airstrip here.
The seven-member team visited the civil aerodrome here and held discussions with senior officials of the Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP).
The team reportedly recommended expansion of the runway area by another 2000 feet. After the recommended modification, the airstrip will be able to accommodate 70 seater commercial aircrafts.
According to reports, daily flights to prominent cities of the state had begun about a year ago but the service was discontinued following some disputes.
The daily service was affected by the shortage of fuel, locals at that time said. Later, a fuel depot was set up on airport premises to address the issue.
After the team submits their survey report to AAI and upon its approval, an MoU will be signed between AAI and RSP following which the modification work of the airstrip will start and commercial flight service will begin.