Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today wrote to Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi seeking the latter’s intervention to introduce direct flights between Bhubaneswar and Pune.
Mentioning that Bhubaneswar and Pune share a long-standing relationship being two prominent educational & IT hubs of the country and many academicians and IT professionals frequently visit both the places, Patnaik said passengers have to take flight via Hyderabad or Mumbai as there is no direct flight between these two cities. It is costlier as well as time-consuming for them, the CM added.
Besides, tourists from Pune undertake a journey to visit places like Puri, Konark, Chilika near Bhubaneswar and people of Odisha visit Shirdi, Mahabaleshwar, Trimbakeshwar near Pune, said Patnaik.
“I would, therefore, like to seek your personal intervention in the matter for the introduction of direct flights between Bhubaneswar-Pune by Air India or any other private Airlines at the earliest,” said the Chief Minister.
Worth mentioning, during his visit to Pune last month to receive the ‘Ideal Chief Minister’ award at the 8th Indian Student Parliament, Patnaik had said that he will urge the Centre for direct flights from Bhubaneswar to Pune.