Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 21:
Passengers from Odisha flying to or coming from international destinations now have more reasons to cheer. Buoyed by the success of its first international flight from the Biju Patnaik International Airport here on July 10, Air India has decided to start three more international flights from the city very soon after obtaining necessary approval from the Union Civil Aviation ministry, sources said.
Within just 10 days of the commencement of international flights from the city, more than 500 passengers have flown to foreign countries from Bhubaneswar, airport sources said.
Taking note of the enthusiasm of the passengers, Air India has expressed its keenness on running three more international flights—AI-873, AI-473 and AI-669— from New Delhi and Mumbai to Bhubaneswar.
“Air India is excited with the rise in the number of overseas passengers. It has sought permission from us to start three more flights from Bhubaneswar. Accordingly, we have requested the Union Civil Aviation ministry to allow Air India to start its new flights so that the passengers willing to travel to countries in the North, East and West including Dubai, Gulf and Middle East, would benefit. After Air India started its international flight from Bhubaneswar, the price of an air ticket from Bhubaneswar to New York has come down by about 40 percent as compared to New Delhi-New York flight,” Sharad Kumar, director, Biju Patnaik International Airoprt, told the media today.
Presently, customs and immigration check of overseas passengers from Bhubaneswar boarding the Air India international flight are done at the Biju Patnaik International Airport. This has benefited passengers as the need not undergo another checking at the New Delhi airport which saves their time considerably.