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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the direct flight service from Bhubaneswar to international destination Bangkok in Thailand at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here this afternoon.
CM marked the take-off of the first maiden Air India flight to Bangkok by cutting cake at the inaugural ceremony held at the airport in presence of State Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Bhubaneswar Mayor Anant Narayan Jena and BPIA Director Suresh Chandra Hota expressed happiness over the starting of the service.
“I am happy over the launching of the direct flight service to Bangkok from Bhubaneswar. It is indeed a historic moment for all of us. The new service would connect Odisha to the East Asian countries and would be proved beneficial for Buddhist tourism. I hope there would be more international flights from the airport soon”, said Naveen.
The first Air India flight number A1338 took off from the airport at around 3.45 PM and is scheduled to reach Bangkok by 8.15 PM.
Earlier in the day the first maiden flight number A1339 with 18 passengers on board took off from Bangkok at around 5.40 am (IST) and arrived in Bhubaneswar at 7 AM.
The direct flight service to Bangkok would be available from the airport on every Thursday and Sunday.
In view of the new service the airport authorities have set up two foreign exchange counters—one each at domestic and international terminals—at BPIA recently.