10 December 2017
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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik flagged off commercial flight operations between Bhubaneswar and Bangkok at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here on Sunday.
The direct flights, from the Temple City to the Thai Capital, will operate twice a week, on Thursday and Sunday. The flights, operated by Air India, would depart from BPIA 3.45 pm and arrive at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok at 8:12 pm (local time) on the scheduled days.
The air-distance between the two destinations is approximately 770 kilometres which will be covered in a duration of 1 hour and 20 minutes. The air fares, sources said, will range between Rs 15,000 and Rs 17,000 for one-way trip.
Patnaik marked the maiden flight as ‘historic’ and hoped that it would strengthen ties between India and east-Asian nations.
“Direct flights between Bhubaneswar and Bangkok will boost trade and tourism. It will also pave way to attract more international visitors to Odisha’s Buddhist circuit,” he said.
An hour before the flight took off, the Chief Minister spared celebratory moments with passengers and officials from the State Government, Airports Authority of India and Air India.
Among others, Bhubaneswar MP Prasanna Patsani, Tourism and Culture Minister, Ashok Chandra Panda, local legislators and Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi were present.