Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the newly built Deoghar airport on July 12, according to officials. According to them, the airport is prepared to begin operations after two successful flight run demonstrations.
After Birsa Munda International Airport in Ranchi, the airport will be the second of international standards in Jharkhand when it is operational and would offer aviation connection between Jharkhand, northern West Bengal, and south-eastern Bihar.
The Deoghar airport in Jharkhand received the aerodrome licence from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on June 29, enabling it to accommodate narrow-body aircraft like the A321 and B737. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) announced on Twitter that "the recently constructed Deoghar Airport in Jharkhand acquired an aerodrome licence from DGCA today."
“The licence has been upgraded from 3C to 4C, which permits commercial operations up to Airbus 321, Boeing 737 type, and equivalent aircraft. A 3C license allows an airport to only handle regional aircraft like ATR-72. It will also facilitate easy connectivity to pilgrims coming to Baidyanath Dhaam," the tweet stated.
After Ranchi, Deoghar airport would be the second airport in the state. The construction of Baba Baidyanath Temple served as inspiration for the terminal building's design, which is spread across a wide area of 650 acres. The terminal building features artwork depicting tribal art, handicrafts, and local tourism attractions.