Bhubaneswar: IndiGo airline will operate direct flights from Bhubaneswar to Singapore and Bangkok from June 3.
To make the fare affordable, there is an introductory offer of Rs 15,000 per round trip.
The direct flight service will be available twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Below are the flight timings:
The Odisha government has agreed to bear the costs of unsold tickets, with total ticket costs estimated to be around Rs 120 crore per year.
While opening the sale of tickets last month, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had said the initiative will promote job opportunities for the youth of Odisha, open up tourism potential and provide a boost to IT and ITES sectors in the state.
In the last few years, the aviation traffic in Odisha has witnessed immense growth. Though the domestic flight connectivity has seen a noticeable improvement, the government has come forward to make a sizeable contribution to ensure direct international flight connectivity between Bhubaneswar and world-class destinations to meet the people’s aspirations, the CM had said.
Patnaik hoped that these international flights would provide tourists with more convenient and affordable travel options while also encouraging trade and tourism.
It is pertinent to mention that in the current year’s budget, Govt of Odisha has made an allocation of Rs 100 crore to support the viability gap funding. Due to such support, international travelling has become affordable for passengers travelling from Odisha.