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The Jet Airways flight with 166 passengers and five crew members on board, was turned back to Mumbai after several passengers suffered ear pain and nose-bleeds, due to loss in cabin air pressure.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said the new concession agreement is meant to realise the growth in the aviation sector.
Last month, a Delhi-bound Air India was forced to return after a suspected bird strike 20 minutes into its journey.
The proposal for a second airport in Bhubaneswar has not been cleared yet. However, three sites near Khurda have been identified by the State Government for construction of the new airport.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has signed its Annual Performance Contract (APC) for the year 2018-19 with Ministry of Civil Aviation.
A parliament panel has expressed concern over the “inadequate” budgetary allocation for the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Sources in the Ministry of Civil Aviation confirmed that the idea has been put on hold by state-run helicopter operator Pawan Hans Limited.