Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, battling Maoist insurgency for the past
several decades, will be on the aviation map of the country from June 15 when Air Odisha begins services from the port city of Visakhapatnam to district headquarters of Bastar district
Jagdalpur and Raipur.
Jagdalpur was one of the four cities in Chhattisgarh to get an airport under
the regional connectivity scheme (RCS) of the Centre.
Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey has informed the Chhattisgarh government
about the air services connectivity to Jagdalpur from June 15.
development assumes significance as the operation of the airport promises to
give a big boost to the local economy of the region with air connectivity.
The district has been fighting the insurgents for long. There has been a long
standing demand from the locals for air connectivity which would finally be
realized, according to aviation ministry sources. The regional connectivity
scheme will link Bastar aerially with Raipur which is well connected to
different cities in the country.
According to the Air Odisha website, the flight from Jagdalpur to Raipur will
leave at 11.05am and reach the state capital at 11.55am. Likewise, the flight
between Jagdalpur and Visakhapatnam will leave Jagdalpur at 9.10am and reach the Andhra Pradesh’s port
city at 9.50am. Both the sectors will be serviced six days a week.