New 3 International flights at Bhubaneswar ariport.
- The air traffic growth in Bhubaneswar in the last five years is the highest at 29%
- There are three international flights on the card.
BHUBANESWAR : A total of 14 new flights are expected to fly out of different airports in Odisha very soon as various airlines have showed interest after Bhubaneswar airport registered a growth of 29 per cent in air traffic in the last five years, officials said.
Out of the 14 new flights on cards, three flights will be operated to as many international destinations, they said. This was revealed during a high-level meeting on ‘Enhancing Air Connectivity for Odisha’ on Wednesday.
“The air traffic growth in Bhubaneswar in the last five years is the highest at 29 per cent against the national growth rate of 17 per cent,” Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said.
Addressing the airline officials, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik assured them that the state government would provide support if they want to join Odisha’s developmental journey.
“Many of our people are working in USA, Europe, Australia, Middle East and other parts of the globe. Therefore, the demand for operating more international flights to and fro the state is high.
Odisha is now the manufacturing, IT and education hub. Besides, it is emerging as the sports capital of India, he added.
The state government also informed the airline officials about Odisha’s potential in tourism and other sectors which will augment the flight operations in coming days.
The three international flights which are on cards are – Bhubaneswar-Bangkok (by Air Asia), Bangkok-Bhubaneswar (by Thai Smile) and Singapore-Bhubaneswar (by Scoot), the Chief Secretary of Odisha, A K Tripathy, said.