Odisha seeks direct flights between Bhubaneswar-Pune

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday wrote a letter to Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju seeking his intervention to introduce direct flights between Bhubaneswar-Pune.

“As you might be aware, Bhubaneswar and Pune share a long-standing relationship, being two prominent educational & IT hubs of the country,” said the Chief Minister.

He informed that many academicians and IT professionals frequently visit both the places.

Besides, tourists from Pune undertake a journey to visit places like Puri, Konark, Chilika near Bhubaneswar and people of Odisha visit Shirdi, Mahabaleshwar, Trimbakeswar near Pune, said Patnaik.

Since there is no direct flight between these two cities, the passengers have to take flight via Hyderabad or Mumbai, which is costlier as well as time-consuming for them.

“I would, therefore, like to seek your personal intervention in the matter for the introduction of direct flights between Bhubaneswar-Pune by Air India or any other private Airlines at the earliest,” said the Chief Minister.