Bhubaneswar: The ticket booking for direct flight service from Bhubaneswar to Bangkok, Singapore is slated to start from today, said reliable reports.
Low-cost flight operator IndiGo will start this bi-weekly service on June 3. IndiGo is already operating direct flights between Bhubaneswar and Dubai.
Last year, the Odisha Cabinet approved the bid of IndiGo Airlines, which had evinced interest in operating direct flights to Dubai, Singapore, and Bangkok following a request for quotation from the state government.
According to the bid proposal, a 186-seater flight will be operated from BPIA thrice a week including the weekends and the expenditure towards flight operation will be borne by the state government. In lieu, the revenue generated through ticketing will be retained by the state government.
Odisha is expected to greatly benefit from these direct international flights. A boost is expected in the tourism and business sector. Further, the Odisha government has agreed to bear the costs of unsold tickets, with total ticket cost is estimated to be around Rs 120 crore per year.