Bhubaneswar: Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to install Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Jharsuguda airport to ensure regular service of flights.
The system will be installed at a cost of Rs 5 crore and will be ready for operation within the next six months.
AAI officials said that the Jharsuguda airport was initially meant for Visual Flight Rules (VFR) operations as the city witnesses low visibility and bad weather during most parts of the year.
“This has led to the cancellation of scheduled flights. With the new navigation facility, the airport will become an all-weather airport and will enhance connectivity. This will also ensure regular service benefiting airlines and passengers as well,” said an official.
The Jharsuguda airport started operation in September 2018 and is the second airport of Odisha after Bhubaneswar to be operational. The airport plays a significant role in the development of Western Odisha and caters to the growing demand of the region including the tourism industry.