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Jet to withdraw flights from Bhubaneswar

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Bhubaneswar,Sep 22:

It’s bad news for fliers from Bhubaneswar. Jet Airways has decided to withdraw all the three flights it operated from here.

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Heavy losses owing to ‘poor occupancy’ has forced Jet Airways to withdraw its Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata-bound flights from October 27, Jet sources said. The decision came after it recorded over 50 percent vacancy due to poor passenger booking in the past few months, said an official of the airlines.

Airport officials confirmed receiving the notice for the withdrawal of three flights of Jet Airways.

“We have received the withdrawal notice of three flights of Jet Airways from the third week of October. It is the decision of their management,” said airport director Sharad Kumar. He said that this might impact the airport’s future growth.

High VAT and surcharge on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) is also being cited as a reason behind the move. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had in March promised to reduce VAT on ATF from 20% to 4% but a final decision on this is yet to be taken.

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