Bhubaneswar-Dubai direct flight from May 15; Odisha CM to launch ticket booking on April 1

Bhubaneswar: The direct flight service between Bhubaneswar and Dubai will commence on May 15, said Odisha’s 5T Secretary VK Pandian today.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to inaugurate the ticket booking for the direct flight service between Odisha capital and Dubai on the occasion of Utkal Diwas on April 1 (tomorrow), added the 5T Secretary.

The direct flight service between Bhubaneswar and Dubai was scheduled to begin on the occasion of the birth anniversary of former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik on March 5. However, the commencement of the direct flight service was delayed due to the reconstruction work at Terminal-2 of Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here.

The Terminal-2 of BPIA has been designated for international flight operations. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) had initiated reconstruction work at the terminal a few months ago. The work has reached its last phase, said an official.

The first flight on the route will take off from BPIA on May 15, he added.

Notably, several outfits of non-resident Odias had urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to take steps for commencing direct flight service between Bhubaneswar and Dubai during the latter’s visit to the Middle East last year.

The state Cabinet headed by the Chief Minister on December 27 last year had approved the bid of Indigo Airlines to operate direct flights to Dubai, Singapore and Bangkok, sources said.

According to the bid proposal, a 186-seater flight will be operated from BPIA thrice a week. The state government will bear the expenditure of the flight operations and retain the revenue generated through ticketing, sources added.


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