Air Asia to launch flight from Bhubaneswar to Bangkok

Bhubaneswar: After successful launching daily air service to Kuala Lumpur from Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here, the low-cost airline Air Asia has next project to launch direct flight to Bangkok.

The state government has approved a proposal submitted by Air Asia to operate direct flights from Bhubaneswar to Bangkok, said Culture and Tourism Minister Ashok Panda on Wednesday.

The airline is likely to start Bhubaneswar-Bangkok operation from next year, added the Minister.

A MoU in this regard is likely to be signed between Odisha Tourism department and Thai AirAsia in December.

Sources said that Thai AirAsia is willing to launch flight operation to Bangkok from Bhubaneswar on condition of receiving Rs 1.70 lakh as subsidy per flight service.

The Tourism department of Odisha government has also agreed with AirAsia on the condition to provide the airline subsidy.

At present, the airline is operating direct flights from Bhubaneswar to Kuala Lumpur daily.

Similarly, Air India has submitted a proposal to the state government to operate Bhubaneswar-Bangkok flight via Gaya.