Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written to Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri for introduction of direct flight between Bhubaneswar and Dubai.
Patnaik in his letter, said, “Though due to increase in the industrial investments and tourist footfalls has attracted various international airlines, who have been evinced interest to start their international flight operations from Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar to Dubai, but the restriction on landing rights has been deternent for such operations by international airlines.”
“In the absence of direct flight from the State to other international destinations like Dubai and Middle East countries, the passengers face immense difficulty to go to the desired destination,” said Patnaik.
Patnaik’s letter mentioned that, “This can be addressed, if air connectivity is established between Bhubaneswar and Dubai, which also serves as an international hub for passengers for travailing to other international destinations. Although Air India has international flight from Bhubaneswar to Middle East via New Delhi, it is a costlier and time-consuming option. As there is sufficient passenger load, a direct flight is felt necessary between Bhubaneswar and Dubai.”
“In view of the above, I would request you to impress upon Air India or any other Airlines to introduce direct international flight between Bhubaneswar and Dubai to meet the growing demand of people of Odisha for international travel,” requested the CM.