CM Naveen Patnaik today flagged off the first scheduled flight service to Utkela in Kalahandi dist at Biju Patnaik International airport. A 9 seater Aircraft is operated by India One Air in the Bhubaneswar-Utkela route.
Utkela will be connected with Temple City Bhubaneswar by air for which the travel time will be 1 hour 15 minutes. With this, a long standing demand for flight operation to Utkela has been fulfilled.
In order to increase air connectivity from state capital to other cities and large areas, the Government of Odisha has started scheduled flight operation under RCS-UDAN Scheme on Bhubaneswar-Utkela (Kalahandi) route.
Glad to flag off first flight between #Bhubaneswar and newly inaugurated Utkela Airport in #Kalahandi district. The airport has added yet another golden chapter to #Odisha's aviation sector. It will boost connectivity, commerce & tourism, fulfilling aspirations of people of the… pic.twitter.com/5TbWvei7qM
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) August 31, 2023
The presence of attractive places and tourist destinations like Manikeswari Temple, Phurli Jharan Waterfall, Rabandhara waterfall, Khariapat wildlife sanctuary etc. will attract many tourists after air connectivity at Utkela.
Senior Doctors, Professors of Saheed Rendo Majhi Medical College and Hospital, Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi and businessmen from the city will fly out and in frequently.