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Air India connects Bhubaneswar to international destinations

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The long awaited international air service from the capital city of was launched today with the first overseas flight taking off from the Biju Patnaik International Airport.

National carrier began its daily operations connecting Bhubaneswar via to and rest of the world.


Air India's flight AI-078, flagged off by Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, flew from Terminal II with 163 passengers with 35 passengers flying to New York, London, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Muscat, Dubai, and Tokyo.

Speaking on the occasion Rohit Nandan, CMD, said "It's a great day as we are set to get connected with international countries. We are following the hub and spoke model, according to which immigration will happen here and passengers will have the option to complete immigration formalities in Odia. We feel happy to have 35 passengers for international destinations out of 163 passengers in today's inaugural flight."

Describing the start of international flight operations from here as a historic development, Oram said it would give substantial boost to tourism industry as well as trade and commerce in the state.

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