Odisha seeks direct flight between Bhubaneswar and Dubai


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri for introduction of direct flight between Bhubaneswar and Dubai.

In a letter to the Union Civil Aviation Minister, the Chief Minister informed that the introduction of direct flight will meet growing demand of people of the state for international travel.

 As there is sufficient passenger load, a direct flight between Bhubaneswar and Dubai is felt necessary, he added.

 “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,” he added.

He said Odisha has been witnessing rise in traffic to various international destinations from the state and vice versa due to increase in the industrial investments and tourist footfalls.

 The Chief Minister said that in the absence of direct flights from the state to other international destinations like Dubai and Middle East countries, the passengers face immense difficulty to go to the desired destinations.

Although Air India has international flights from Bhubaneswar to Middle East via New Delhi, it is a costlier and time-consuming option, said the Chief Minister.