Bhubaneswar: The first AirAsia Bhubaneswar-Bangkok direct flight took off from Biju Patnaik International Airport here on Friday night, said an official on Saturday.
The AirAsia flight carrying 28 flyers from Bangkok was received with a warm welcome by the BPIA authorities. The inaugural flight received a water cannon salute at the airport.
The Bangkok-Bhubaneswar flight landed at the BPIA at 11.35 pm on Friday night.
The passengers who were to board the AirAsia flight from Bhubaneswar to Bangkok was given a customary welcome at the airport before take off at 12.25 am.
Odisha Culture Miniter Ashok Chandra Panda flagged off the flight in presence of officials including Tourism Secretary Vishal Dev, Tourism Director Archana Patnaik, Bhubaneswar Airport Director in-charge Debashish Sahoo and AirAsia GM (India) Suresh Nair.
The Bhubaneswar-Bangkok AirAsia flights will be operated for three days a week. The carrier FD-113 will fly to Bangkok at 12.25 am on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday and reach the destination at 4.30 am (according to Bangkok time).
Similarly, the flight FD-112 will take
off from Bangkok at 10.35 pm (as per Bangkok time) and arrive at 11.55 pm in