22 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today batted for introduction of more international flights from Bhubaneswar.
"Though domestic flight connectivity has seen a noticeable improvement, there is greater scope for international connectivity. The emergence of globetrotting middle-class has also resulted in rising overseas travel. Hence, the introduction of more international flights from Bhubaneswar to destinations like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Hongkong and Bangkok will provide convenience and comfort to the people of the State," said Patnaik addressing a meeting of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of different airlines here today.
Citing the growth story of Odisha, presence of techno-savvy diaspora in different countries, the emergence of the globe-trotting middle class, growth of tourism and rapid growth in various sectoral economies, the Chief Minister asked the Government of India and the Airline Operators to introduce new flights for both domestic and international destinations and improve connectivity from Odisha.
Patnaik in his address requested the Ministry of Civil Aviation to introduce new connectivity from Odisha to domestic destinations like Pune, Jaipur, Lucknow, Chennai, Vizag, Kochi and Ranchi.
He assured that the State government will provide necessary support.
Notably, it was informed at the meeting that 14 new flights are planned to/from Odisha.
Most of the flights are scheduled to operate between January to Summer 2020. The planned destinations are Kolkata-Jharsuguda, Bhubaneswar-Varanasi, Varanasi-Bhubaneswar, Jharsuguda-Mumbai, Prayagraj-Bhubaneswar, Delhi-Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar-Rourkela, Bhubaneswar-Kalaikunda, Bhubaneswar-Bangkok, Bangkok- Bhubaneswar, Singapore-Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar-Abu Dhabi.