Raipur: Directorate of Aviation, Government of Chhattisgarh has submitted an application with Directorate General of Civil Aviation to grant 3C VFR ‘Public Use’ license to Bilaspur Airport.
Bilaspur Airport Director N Biren Singh on Wednesday sent a formal application to the DGCA Director, Operations (Aero Standards) in this regard. Singh wrote in his letter that all relevant documents and manuals have been submitted along with the application for upgrading Bilaspur Airport from 2C VFR to 3C VFR.
He has also mentioned in his letter that due to an impending court case in the court of Chhattisgarh High Court Chief Justice, licensing of Bilaspur Airport to 3C VFR has been on priority for facilitating the operation of 3C type aircraft. In the view of this, he has requested the authority concerned to take necessary action in this regard so that the 3C VFR license is issued at the earliest.
Meanwhile, Bilaspur Airport will open the way for interstate flights only after getting a 3-C VFR Public Use license. After receiving the 3C VFR license, the operation of ATR series and small jet aircraft will be started here. Efforts are being made for the last 3 years to connect Bilaspur with air services. The government allocated a budget of 27 crore for the development of the airport last year itself.
Jan Sangharsh Samiti—a civil organization—is protesting there for the last 10 months for the commencement of air services from the airport. These people have demanded connecting Bilaspur to metro cities of the country through air services creating pressure on state government and public representatives.
Congress spokesperson RP Singh said, as per the intention of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel now regular air service will also start from Bilaspur Airport after Jagdalpur. He said the state government has gathered all the necessary facilities to operate the airport. Now we have also written a letter for a grant of a 3C license.