New Delhi: A day after the Jharkhand government signed an agreement with Airports Authority of India (AAI) handing over Deoghar Airport for development, Bokaro Steel city and Jamshedpur are all set to figure on the flight map soon.

AII has announced its plans to built airports in both the cities. Recently, the AII had signed a MoU with Jharkhand government for the purpose.

AAI Chairman VP Agrawal said, “The state government would provide land to the AII on a priority basis to develop airports in the both cities.”

He also informed that commercial operations would start in two-three years.

The existing Sonari Airport in Jamshedpur is a public airport, spread over 25 acres, and has unscheduled chartered flights from Kolkata. It was first opened in 1940. Tata Steel has also proposed a new airport for city of Jamshedpur on 600 acres in the Adityapur-Seraikela area. The airport is to have a 7,000 feet long runway and will be able to handle Airbus A320 flights.

In the initial stage, chartered flights would be operated and later the services would be extended following the passenger traffic.

The AII would also spend Rs 150 crore on modernising and expanding the Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi.

According to AII officials, the new facilities would allow Ranchi to handle international flights and more traffic in the near future.