IndiGo announces Odisha's first international flight, to connect Bhubaneswar-Dubai
It also revealed future plans to connect the capital of Odisha with Singapore and Bangkok
On Saturday, budget airline IndiGo declared that it would begin operating flights to Dubai from Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik International Airport on May 15.
It also revealed future plans to connect the capital of Odisha with Singapore and Bangkok.
The airline announced in a statement that reservations are now open for the three times weekly flights between Bhubaneswar and Dubai.
IndiGo said it is "working in close collaboration" with the Odisha government to commence international operations from Bhubaneswar which will strengthen air connectivity from the state capital.
The maiden international flight from Bhubaneswar will take off from Biju Patnaik International Airport on May 15, IndiGo said in the statement.
International flight operations will also commence from Bhubaneswar to two more destinations - Singapore and Bangkok for which slots and other operational requirements are being finalised, it stated, reports sources.
According to the airline, direct connectivity to aviation hubs like Dubai, Singapore, and Bangkok will help channelise the huge potential for economic growth through enhanced accessibility.
IndiGo said it recently won the bid to operate direct flights to these three gateways.
Not only will it provide seamless connectivity but, it will also have a huge multiplier effect on investment in Odisha in sectors like IT, manufacturing, and tourism, Patnaik added.
Also known as "The Temple City of India", Bhubaneswar attracts pilgrims from all over the world. Besides, being a tourist hotspot Bhubaneswar is also a major industrial city of the state, with a number of iron and steel manufacturing plants, IndiGo said in the statement.