Bhubaneswar, Jan 22 (LocalWire) Odisha government on Wednesday urged the central government and airlines operators to introduce new flights to connect the state with different domestic and international destinations.
Attending a meeting of the chief executive officers of different airlines chief minister Naveen Patnaik thanked the Ministry of Civil Aviation for increased connectivity to Odisha.
“I further request the Ministry to introduce new connectivity from Odisha to domestic destinations like Pune, Jaipur, Lucknow, Chennai, Vizag, Kochi and Ranchi” he said.
Similar is the demand for potential international hubs like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Colombo. I assure that the state government will provide necessary support” the chief minister added.
14 new flights are being planned to and from the state and most of these 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.
Addressing the gathering, secretary of the ministry of civil aviation P.S. Kharola said aviation is the new engine of economic growth.
He highlighted that while there is only 17 per cent growth in aviation nationally; Bhubaneswar has seen 29 per cent cumulative growth.
Representatives of 21 airline operators including 10 international carriers were present in the meeting.
Alliance Air and Indigo have proposed for direct connectivity with Varanasi from Bhubaneswar and this service will be available from July 2020, chief secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy said.
Similarly, Alliance Air is ready to connect Jharsuguda with Kolkata and discussion was also held on Bhubaneswar to Jeypore and Pune, he added.
With 50 scheduled flights are running from Bhubaneswar and five from Jharsuguda, Bhubaneswar has emerged as a very important domestic airport.