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Air link between steel cities

Jamshedpur, Oct. 27: Air connectivity between the steel hubs of Jamshedpur and Bokaro will become reality from November 2, the same day chartered flight services will commence between Bokaro and Calcutta.

Bangalore-based DTDS Travel and Tour Planner Limited, which is already operating two flights on weekdays between Jamshedpur and Calcutta in alliance with Bangalore-based Spirit Air, will operate the flight service between Bokaro and Calcutta via Jamshedpur.

As of now, Jamshedpur residents have to rely on trains and buses to go to Bokaro, a journey of two to three hours.

According to plans, Jamshedpur and Bokaro will be connected by a twice weekly 30-minute flight (Monday and Friday), using a nine-seater Cessna Caravan. The flight duration between Bokaro and Calcutta will be an hour.

On Mondays, the flight will leave Jamshedpur at 12.20pm and reach Bokaro at 12.50pm. The same flight will leave for Calcutta at 1.10pm and reach its destination at 2.10pm.

On Fridays, the flight will leave for Bokaro from Calcutta at 2.15pm and reach at 3.15pm. The same flight would head for Jamshedpur at 3.35pm. Thereafter it will take off for Calcutta at 4.20pm.

On Wednesdays, there will be direct flights between Calcutta and Bokaro without any detour to Jamshedpur.

The fare between Jamshedpur and Bokaro will be Rs 3,500, while from Bokaro to Calcutta a one-way ticket would cost Rs 4,300.

At present, the Cessna Caravan ferries passengers between Calcutta and Jamshedpur for Rs 5,227 per head. The flight duration is one hour.

The new links were announced after a trial flight on the Jamshedpur-Bokaro-Calcutta route on October 25.

Speaking to The Telegraph, head of operations at DTDS Travels and Tour Planner Limited Capt. Rakesh Saxena said the flight service was being started between Bokaro and Calcutta following demands from the business community in Bokaro and Dhanbad.

He added that plans were afoot to provide air links between Jamshedpur and Purnea and Patna.

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