Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 23:

The long wait to fly to Malaysia from Odisha capital at lower price is over now, as the Air Asia started booking for the tickets from today.

Three years after getting the international status, the international flight from Biju Patnaik International Airport to Malaysia is set to be operated from April 26.

“All you need is 4 hours, RM99 & the passion for adventure! Cause we’re now flying to #Bhubaneswar! Book now @”, tweeted Air Asia today.

The Air Asia offers lowest fare for flight from Bhubaneswar to Malaysia at cost of Rs 999 (all inclusive fare). The flight between Bhubaneswar and Malaysia will be operated four days a week. It will take around 3 hours to reach the destination from Bhubaneswar, official sources said.

The Bhubaneswar airport authority has also provided the permissions following Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to Air Asia.

As Air Asia is going to start the ground staff appointment process at Bhubaneswar airport, there will be system for ticket booking, check-in counter, luggage scanning and other stuffs at the airport. The security survey will be concluded very soon, the Air Asia said.

Recently, the aviation firm on Feb 17 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Odisha government in connection with beginning of direct flights to/from Malaysian capital – Kuala Lumpur.

With this, the frequent fliers to South East Asian countries will have an added option to fly from here. The state’s tourism economy, trade, hospitality sector and cultural exchange will see an upward trend owing the international connectivity with the Temple City, experts opined.

Earlier last year, the Odisha government had allowed the Thai Air Asia to receive subsidy support of Rs 1.70 lakh per round trip for starting air service operations from Bhubaneswar to Singapore/Bangkok/ Kuala Lumpur.