Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged MoS Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri, to take necessary steps for the introduction of direct international flights between Bhubaneswar and Dubai.
Patnaik has written a letter to the union minister requesting for the introduction of a direct flight between Dubai and Bhubaneswar to meet the growing demand of people of Odisha for international travel.
“ In the absence of direct flights from the state to other international destinations like Dubai and Middle East countries, the passengers face immense difficulty to go to the desired destinations. This can be addressed if air connectivity is established between Bhubaneswar and Dubai, which also serves as an international hub for passengers travelling to other international destinations,” wrote Patnaik in the letter.
Patnaik also wrote that though Air India has international flights from Bhubaneswar to the Middle East via New Delhi, it is costlier and time-consuming option. “ As there is sufficient passenger load, a direct flight is felt necessary between Bhubaneswar and Dubai,” said the letter by the CM.