Bilaspur. Flights from Bilasa Airport in Chakarbhatha to Jabalpur, Prayagraj and Delhi are getting a good response. The seats on all these flights remain full. Due to this, people of Bilaspur and nearby cities are also getting good facilities. However, there is currently no night landing facility here. Air Suvidha Jan Sangharsh Samiti has written a letter to Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel regarding this. The committee says that if there is a facility for night landing at the airport, then it will be easy for air ambulances and other flights to land.
The facility at Bilasa Airport, which started on March 1, is benefitting many, the number of passengers has also increased continuously. Many other airlines are also willing to start the flight, but due to the lack of a night landing facility at the airport, the runway cannot be used for about 12 to 14 hours. The greatest loss occurs during a medical emergency. Recently, a family of Korba needed an air ambulance, but permission could not be obtained due to the non-availability of the night landing facility. The committee has said that the facility of night landing is essential for the development of the airport.
The High Court has also said to start the night landing facility within six months. But even after six months, the Bilasa airport has no night landing facility. The committee asked the Chief Minister to direct the officers to upgrade Bilasa Devi Kevat Airport from 3C VFR (Visual Flight Rule) to 3C IFR (Instrument Flight Rule) category.
Sangharsh Samiti member Sudip Srivastava said that with the night landing facility, airlines could also park their aircraft at night. Parking charges here will be less compared to big airports thus the airport can earn good money.