Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 16:
With the Centre dilly-dallying on granting permission for international flight operations from Biju Patnaik International Airport here, the Odisha government has once again urged the Union Civil Aviation Ministry to accord permission to Fly Dubai to start operations from the airport.
“As you are aware, Fly Dubai has submitted an application for permission to operate international flights from Bhubaneswar. I would appreciate if provisional permission to Fly Dubai to start international flight operation can be granted, pending finalisation of bilateral air services agreement,” said Odisha chief secretary Gokul Chandra Pati in a letter to V Somasundaran, secretary to Union Ministry of Civil Aviation.
A bilateral air services agreement is an agreement which two nations sign to allow international commercial air transport services between their territories. The government of India and UAE would sign the bilateral agreement for international flight operation between the two cities.
Pati also urged the Ministry to start international flight operations of Air India from Bhubaneswar to Dubai as early as possible.
It is to be noted that the then chief secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra had asked the Civil Aviation Ministry to accord permission for international flight operations from Odisha’s capital city.
Fly Dubai will operate a daily Boeing 737-800 flight with 174 seats – 12 business class and 162 economy class seats.
Fly Dubai and Air Asia have given their schedules for operating international flights from Bhubaneswar, official sources said. Fly Dubai would operate from Bhubaneswar to Dubai and Air Asia from Bhubaneswar to Kuala Lumpur.