Bhubaneswar: In a bid to improve air connectivity, the Odisha Government has taken steps to introduce 14 new flights to several national and international destinations from the state.
Speaking to mediapersons after a meeting held with airlines CEOs, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said discussions are underway with various airlines for finalizing 14 new flights, including Jharsuguda-Mumbai, Prayagraj-Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar –Varanasi, Bhubaneswar-Bangkok and Singapore- Bhubaneswar.
Of the 14, two flights-Bhubaneswar –Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar-Surat- have already commenced their operation. Besides, Alliance Air will start Kolkata-Jharsuguda flight services from January 24. The Alliance Air Bhubaneswar-Varanasi will commence on January 31 while IndiGo will start Varanasi to Bhubaneswar flight services from February 29.
Similarly, SpiceJet will operate flights from Jharsuguda to Mumbai by the end of winter schedule and IndiGo will fly flights from Prayagraj to Bhubaneswar starting July 1.
The meeting had also discussion on operation of flights at three other airports of the state- Jeypore, Rourkela and Utkela. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik pitched for introduction of more flights from Bhubaneswar to destinations like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Bangkok. This apart, the Government proposed to provide aviation fuel at 1 per cent VAT to private carriers for flights to north east and areas lacking air connectivity, said Tripathy