The famous tourist resort town of Gopalpur-on-sea in Ganjam district was put on the air map of the country today with the introduction of a flight connecting it to the state capital Bhubaneswar by a private aviation company.

A New Delhi based private aviation service company, Global Avianautics Limited (GAL) introduced non-scheduled air transport operation from Rangeilunda airstrip here to Bhubaneswar pressing into service a six seater (two pilots and four passengers) twin engine aircraft.

Ganjam district collector V K Pandian launched the service. Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company O P Suri was present on the occasion.

GAL is now operating the Government Aviation Training Institute (GAIT), Bhubaneswar. During the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the State government in 2008 to operate the institute, the company had proposed to introduce the non-scheduled air services. The operation from Rangeilunda to Bhubneswar would be held on the basis of availability of passengers.

Since GAL has acquired licence from Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) for non-scheduled air transport operation, the company can operate to any place in the State within a radius of 600 km where airstrip facilities are available, Chief Manager of the GAIT, P. Chakravarti said.

“The new air service will boost the tourist flow to Gopalpur. It will be useful to reach Bhubaneswar in minimum time schedule” said District Collector.