Bhubaneswar: Another international flight is likely to fly from Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here to Bangkok following AirAsia.
After the Tourism department approved proposal by low-cost airline AirAsia, Air India is planning to launch direct flight to Bangkok from Bhubaneswar airport.
The aviation company has proposed Odisha government for operating international flight to Bangkok. As the government is laying emphasis on international flight operation, the Air India proposal is likely to get nod.
As per Air India sources, in view of influx of Buddhist tourists to Odisha, Air India is planning to start its international flight to Bangkok from Gaya via Bhubaneswar.
The proposal in this regard has been offered to Odisha government, BPIA authority and DGCA. The company will begin flight service to Bangkok with getting approval from the government, official in the Air India, Bhubaneswar, said.
As per the plan, the flight from Gaya will land in Bhubaneswar from where it will take off to Bangkok directly. Although, the company was to start flight operation to international destinations from BPIA, we have not applied for any kind of subsidy for the operation, he added.
“We received a proposal from Air India on operation of flight service to Bangkok from Bhubaneswar. As Air India authorities have not asked for subsidy for the service, we have taken up it as positively. The decision regarding it will be made soon,” Culture & Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda said.
BPIA authorities have also welcomed the proposal and are well prepared for international flights.
“Expressing interests by more number of aviation firms for launching international flights from Bhubaneswar are positive sign for us. We will provide all kinds of cooperation to the companies. After getting flight schedules, we will provide allied facilities on premises of terminal,” said BPIA Director Suresh Chandra Hota.