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Flight to Rourkela, Sunderbans

Calcutta will have a chartered flight thrice a week to the industrial city of Rourkela in Odisha by end-April. And if you don’t mind paying a premium, you could also fly over the Sunderbans from this Sunday.

DTDS Travel & Tour Planner, a Bangalore-based company, on Monday announced it would operate a nine-seater single-engine Cessna aircraft three days a week between Calcutta and Rourkela.

A one-way trip to Rourkela would cost Rs 6,995, said Shyamal Chakraborty, the sales manager of DTDS.

DTDS is also planning a chartered service to the Sunderbans every Sunday from April 29. The package — priced at Rs 7,800 — comprises an hour of flying over the mangrove delta at a height of 2,000 feet. The flight will only operate if there are at least six passengers.

“We have got clearance from the forest department and Calcutta’s air traffic control,” said a DTDS official.

DTDS also plans to start a chartered service between the city and Cooch Behar, Panagarh and Burnpur.

“We are keen to operate flights to Cooch Behar and will hold talks with the state government,” Chakraborty said.

Since January, DTDS has been operating chartered flights between Calcutta and Jamshedpur on all weekdays.

“We have had a good passenger load for the Jamshedpur flights and are expecting a similar response for Rourkela,” said Chakraborty.

For Jamshedpur, the fare is Rs 5,632.