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Veer Surendra Sai Airport

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Veer Surendra Sai Airport
Jharsuguda Airport.png
Airport typePublic
OwnerAirports Authority of India
LocationJharsuguda (Odisha)
Opened22 September 2018
Elevation AMSL757 ft / 231 m
Coordinates21°54′48″N 84°03′01″E / 21.91333°N 84.05028°E / 21.91333; 84.05028
JRG is located in Odisha
Location of airport in India
JRG is located in India
JRG (India)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 7,844 2,391 Concrete
Statistics (April 2019 – January 2020)
Aircraft movements2,672
Source: AAI[1][2]

Veer Surendra Sai Airport (IATA: JRG, ICAO: VEJH) is located 5 kilometers north-east of Jharsuguda.[3] The airport is located in Durlaga, approximately 8.5 km from the Jharsuguda Junction railway station. The airport is spread over 1,027 acres. It is named after first Indian freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai and is currently managed by Airports Authority of India.The Upgraded Airport gets its 4-C Category licence to handle bigger plane like A320/A321 and 737's in May 2018 by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) .[4][5] Flights were first started by SpiceJet on 31 March 2019, making the airport at Jharsuguda the second operational airport in Odisha.[6]


The airfield was used during World War II by the RAF and other Allied Forces to counter Indian Freedom Fighters led by Subhas Chandra Bose.[7] After India gained Independence from Allied Forces, the airfield was abandoned. In 2008, AAI carried out a feasibility study to revive Jharsuguda airport, which, by then was occasionally used by General Aviation aircraft and was unfit for commercial operations.[8] The State Government sanctioned Rs. 50 crore in July 2013 to kick-start the Rs 175-crore airport development project which was to be jointly executed by the Airports Authority of India(AAI) and the State Government.[9] On 30 July 2014, Odisha government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Airport Authority of India for development of the state's second airport at Jharsuguda.[10] The Ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) gave its nod for the expansion of the airport to handle Airbus A320 aircraft in February 2015.[11] In May 2018, The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) granted 4-C licence to Jharsuguda airport to make it the second operational airport in Odisha after the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar.[12]

Airport and Airfield

Spread over 1,027 acres the Veer Surendra Sai Airport has a single runway—Runway 06/24—measuring 2,391 m (7844 ft) in length and 45 m in width. [13] The airport built at a final cost of Rs 210 crore, with Rs 75 crore contribution from state was inaugurated on September 22, 2018 and was renamed after well known freedom fighter from Odisha Veer Surendra Sai by a cabinet decision on November 1, 2018. [14] [15] The airfield is equipped to handle a capacity of 300 passengers. It has been equipped with night landing facilities also [16] and navigational aids such as DVOR, DME, NDB, and PAPI. The airport has MSSR Radar of range 250 Nautical mile from Jharsuguda. [17]

The apron has two parking bays that can accommodate up to A3 20/A321/B737's category of Aircraft. The airport is equipped with category VI firefighting and rescue capability.

Instrument landing system will be installed at the Veer Surendra Sai Airport in Jharsuguda to facilitate take-off and landing of aircraft during inclement weather conditions.[18]

Airlines and destinations

Alliance Air Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Raipur [19]
SpiceJet Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata


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  3. ^ "Information about Jharsuguda Airport - World airport database".
  4. ^ "Jharsuguda Airport gets 4C License to operate Bigger Aircrafts [sic]". Odisha News Insight. 1 August 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Airport Categorisation". Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  6. ^ "SpiceJet started flights to Jharsuguda from Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata On March 31,2019". Times of India. 27 February 2019. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Veer Surendra Sai Airport in Jharsuguda - A Brief History -". Odisha News Insight. 22 September 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Pre feasibility report". Airports Authority of India. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Government sanctions Rs 50 crore for Jharsuguda". The Times of India. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Odisha signs MoU with AAI for second airport at Jharsuguda". The Economic Times. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Jharsuguda airport receives expert panel nod". Orissa Post. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  12. ^ "J'suguda Airport fit for 320 Airbus flight". The Pioneer. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Flight Operations Begin At Odisha's Jharsuguda Veer Surendra Sai Airport".
  14. ^ "Cabinet clears renaming Jharsuguda aerodrome as Veer Surendra Sai airport".
  15. ^ "Jharsuguda airport renamed after Odisha freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai".
  16. ^ "J'suguda airport to have night landing facility".
  17. ^ "Flight Operations Begin At Odisha's Jharsuguda Veer Surendra Sai Airport".
  18. ^ Bureau, Odisha Sun Times. "ILS to ease flight operations in bad weather at Odisha's Jharsuguda Airport |". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  19. ^ {{cite web|title=Alliance Air now connects Jharsuguda to Bhubaneshwar and Raipur |url= |accessdate=5 June 2019

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