Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 8:
Two days ahead of the commencement of international flight operations from the Biju Patnaik International Airport in the Odisha Capital, a dry run was successfully completed today to ensure all facilities are in place and fucntioning properly.
The dry run, jointly conducted by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and Air India (AI) for the launch of the scheduled international flight, ended successfully at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in the Odisha capital this evening.
of the 45-minute long trial run, 30 minutes was spent on the departure and 15 minute on arrival of the flight at Terminal-II of the airport. The trial was held with six passengers of whom three were women.
All travel formalities like customs, immigration, passport verification, luggage checking of these six passengers and other security-related matters were taken up during the dry run to ensure error-free operation.
“The most important thing is the immigration set up. The state government has given us special officers who would handle the immigration part. The dry run today was conducted with dummy passengers and we even used a dog to check the animal quarantine. This was to ensure our preparedness for a real situation and to check if all the systems are functioning properly. This would have given us an opportunity to iron out the glitches in case of a failure in the system. You would be happy to know that it has been very successful,” said Director of the Airport Sharad Kumar.
As we reported earlier here: http://odishasuntimes.com/134046/odishas-biju-patnaik-airport-ready-to-host-international-flights/ , separate check-in and baggage counters have been set up at terminal-2 of the airport specifically for international passengers. Custom, immigration checking and passport verification would also be taken care of in this terminal.
A few minor changes, however, have been made to the maiden flight schedule announced earlier.
The Air India AI-077 plane, which was scheduled to arrive here at 9:05 AM on July 10 won’t come. On the other hand, the Delhi bound plane AI-078 would depart at 2 PM. This plane would provide the international link to Bhubaneswar passengers to reach destinations such as Melbourne, Dubai, Tokyo and Bangkok.
The first plane carrying international passengers would reach Bhubaneswar on July 11.