Bhubaneswar: In a significant development ahead of the ‘FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela’, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has granted license to the Rourkela Airport for public use.
The Steel Authority of India received the permission for operation of ATR-72 aircraft at the airport.
The Rourkela Airport has now been upgraded from 2B category to 2C category.
“The license authorizes the aerodrome to be used as regular place of landing and departure to all persons on equal terms and conditions for operation by aircraft requiring specifications of runaway and associated facilities including granted exemptions equal to or less than those indicated in the aerodrome manual, subject to the conditions as contained in Schedule-I and for a period as shown in Schedule-II hereto,” the DGCA mentioned in the license document.
“The license is liable to be suspended/ modified/ withdrawn/ and/or any limitations or conditions may be imposed, if any violation of the provisions of the Aircraft Act 1934, Aircraft Rules 1937, or any orders/ directions/ requirements issued under the said Act, rules or of the limitations or conditions as in schedule-I are observed,” it added.
The Hockey World Cup will be held from 13th January to 29th January at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela.
Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia in a letter to Sundargarh MP Jual Oram had said that Alliance Air airline will provide flight service on Bhubaneswar-Rourkela-Bhubaneswar route.