New Delhi: Airports Authority of India (AAI), in its continuous endeavor to link under-served and un-served airports through RCS routes, is developing the airport at Bokaro in Jharkhand state, for the commencement of civil flight operations. The city will be connected to Patna and Kolkata under Regional Connectivity Scheme.
Presently, Bokaro Airport is an aerodrome owned and handled by SAIL's Bokaro Steel Plant. Currently, the airport is handling non-scheduled flights operation for SAIL aircraft or VIP movement. For commencement of scheduled flight operations, AAI has undertaken the development work at an estimated cost of Rs 46 crore which includes the construction of the terminal building along with associated facilities like ESS, Car Parking, ATC tower, Security huts, Fire Station.
The terminal is being designed to process 300 passengers during peak hours. The work for strengthening and re-carpeting of runway, apron and taxi track is also underway to make the airport suitable for the operation of ATR-72 Aircraft. Raising of existing boundary wall, construction of new boundary wall and provision of connecting & approach roads is also part of the development project.
AAI and SAIL have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for enhancement of regional air connectivity under RCS-UDAN at the SAIL owned Airports; Burnpur, Rourkela and Bokaro.
More than 80 percent of the project work is completed and soon the airport will be ready for civil operations. The operationalisation of Bokaro Airport will help boost the local economy of the city and provide better connectivity to the air travelers especially the business class.
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