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Odisha to get direct international flight from March

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The people of will get a direct international flight from Bhubaneswar by the end of March.

An MoU was signed today between the state and Air in presence of Chief Secretary A P Padhi and Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan for direct international flights to

Earlier in January this year, international cargo operations began from the Biju Patnaik International Airport.

Frequent fliers to South East Asian countries would have an option to fly from here and the state's tourism, economy, trade, hospitality sector and cultural exchange would witness an upward trend owing the international connectivity with the city, officils said.

The state had last year allowed Air to receive subsidy support of Rs 1.70 lakh per round trip for starting air services from Bhubaneswar to Singapore, Bangkok and

The state has already reduced Value Added (VAT) on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) to zero per cent for direct international flights. Besides, the state government had allowed reasonable Viability Gap Funding (VGF) in the form of subsidy grant.

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First Published: Fri, February 17 2017. 17:22 IST