Year 2023 is coming to an end and there is a positive news for the people of Odisha state of India. One more airport at Malkangiri has been renovated by the state government and is now ready for inauguration.
Malkangiri Airport Inauguration
Special Secretary to Chief Minister of Odisha, Vineel Krishna shared on this Twitter account that in early January, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will land at Malkangiri Airport and will inaugurate it. This is one of those airports renovated by Odisha Government under its aviation expansion drive. This is the first airport in the southern district of Malkangiri. Soon after inauguration, it is expected to be connected to nearby cities.
Flights are expected to be launched between Bhubaneswar and Malkangiri. Furthermore, the government is in talks with few airlines to connect Malkangiri to Visakhapatnam.
The Indian state of Odisha contains the town of Malkangiri, which is situated in the Malkangiri district. Malkangiri, a region in the southwest of the state, is renowned for its stunning scenery and vibrant tribal culture. The town’s scenic appeal is enhanced by its location along the banks of the Sileru River.
Malkangiri is home to numerous tribal communities, which contribute to the region’s cultural variety. The district is well-known for the colorful customs, artwork, and festivals that the indigenous tribal communities enjoy.
Malkangiri, albeit mostly an agricultural area, has been developing, and the opening of the new Malkangiri Airport in January is a big step in improving accessibility and connectivity for the locals and encouraging economic growth in the area.
Infrastructure of Malkangiri Airport
Technologically, the airport is not so advanced. It is not equipped with any modern technology. It will have a ‘landing T’. The landing T, with its tail pointing downwind, indicates the direction of the wind on an entire landing field. It marks the direction of landing and takeoff on airfields with runways.
Apart from the landing T, there will be a windsock to provide pilots with a quick reference of wind direction and velocity. The runway is 1,500 metres long and 30 metres wide. It can handle small aircraft like the Cessna Caravan or the Twin Otter. This is going to be the 7th Airport in Odisha. The airport has been built on 95 hectares of land. Estimated cost of the project was Rs 33 crore.
The Government of Odisha is keen to increase aviation presence in the state. Hence, to encourage airlines to start flights to and from Malkangiri, the govt is planning to introduce subsidies. In case the airline makes loses, the government will cover up the expenses. Here, airlines can operate risk free.
Already, Odisha Government is operating 3 international flights using this same model. In 2023, the Govt offered IndiGo to connect Bhubaneswar to Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore. All 3 routes were subsidized. IndiGo halted operations on Kolkata to Dubai route and started flights between Bhubaneswar to Dubai route. 2 months later, it connected Bhubaneswar to Singapore and Thailand.
Source : The New Indian Express