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Bhubaneswar, Jan 14: Soon after the state government agreed to pro-vide financial support to AirAsia, the private airlines, Thursday began flight services connecting Bhubaneswar, Pune and Kolkata.
AirAsia had been in talks with the state government for a long time and had planned to connect Pune and Bhubaneswar to boost air connectivity of the state. With its launch, AirAsia became the only airline to offer non-stop flights between Pune and the state capital.
Speaking on its launch, a sen-ior official of AirAsia said, “We are delighted to announce the launch of new flights connecting Bhubaneswar; Pune and Kolkata. The flights are scheduled to ease the convenience of flyingwith our fly-thru service, enabling a connec-tion between Kolkata and Pune. We have been working with the state government andenhancing our relationship by ferrying migrants back to Odisha from different parts of the country”
It can be mentioned here that AirAsia began its operations in 2017, in Odisha, and now connects to all four metropolitan cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata. The Chief Minister Office, Tuesday, had stated that the flight connectivity is being made available keeping in mind boosting air con-PIC FOR REPRESENTATION nectivity to Odisha which will im-prove state’s tourism sector and at-tract more investors. Earlier; Spice Jet had started servicesfromtheVeer Surendra Sai airport, Jharsuguda, to Mumbai and Bangalore.
With this, a total of 31 flights willbe operating at the Biju Patna& International Airport (BPIA). While AirAsia will have four flights run-ning from the BPIA, Vistara has three, Air India foul Alliance Air one, Go Air three and Indigo 15 op-erating from the city airport.