Dumka: A 180-seater Airbus of Indigo landed and took off from the newly-constructed Deoghar airport on Tuesday, raising hopes of officially launching commercial flight operations from the state’s second airport.
A team of experts from the DGCA and the Airport Authority of India reviewed the aircraft’s landing and take off to Kolkata and found all technical aspects of the flight to be satisfactory.
Talking to TOI, the assistant project officer of the airport, Sandeep Dhingra, said, “With the successful trial flight conducted by an Indigo Airbus to and from Kolkata at the Deoghar airport, we are now ready to begin regular flight operations.”
Dhingra, however, said a few more test flights were on the anvil as procedural rules. The report of Tuesday’s trial flight would be submitted to the DGCA for further review so that flight operations from Deoghar can start as soon as possible, he added.
The Deoghar district administration has also been closely monitoring the ongoing construction of the airport’s approach road.
The Deoghar airport, the second such facility in the state after Ranchi, is spread over 650 acres of land in Kunda with a 2,500-meter-long runway. It can handle flight operations of A320 type of aircraft. The foundation stone of the Rs 401.34cr airport was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018. It is developed by the AAI in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the state government.
Once operational, the Deoghar airport will enable an overhaul of the temple town to provide seamless inflow and outflow of scores of tourists who visit here annually, thereby boosting tourism and business potential.
CM Hemant Soren on Monday visited Deoghar and reviewed the arrangements being made to operationalise the airport.
He said, “The Deoghar airport in all likelihood is set to begin operations before the Shrawani Mela and enable pilgrims from faraway destinations to pay offerings at the Babadham temple.”





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