Bhubaneswar: Historic moment for Odisha as First direct international flights lands in Bhubaneswar airport on Wednesday night. The first direct international flight service ( there are already 2 international flights in hub and spoke system) commences today with arrival of AirAsia flight AK 31 from Kuala Lumpur at 11.25 pm today and depart same day as AK 30 at 11.55 pm.
“I am delighted on the commencement of direct international flights from Biju Patnaik International Airport to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. This will open new horizons in our ties with Malaysia and the whole of South East Asia. It places Odisha in an exceptional advantageous position as gateway to the East & Far East. I am particularly happy as Odisha shares historic relationship since ancient times with the region that now has an easy and direct connectivity,” said CM Naveen Patnaik.
“The direct connectivity is a great opportunity to re-establish people to people contact and revisit our ancient bonds. Our people can experience the glorious legacy left behind Kalinga’s Sadhavas there while people of Malaysia and other South East Asian countries can come here and experience the land and culture of Kalinga,” further added CM Naveen Patnaik.
“In contemporary terms, the flights will have a huge impact on tourism, trade, investment and employment in our State. Odisha will become a new gateway to the East and vice-versa for the inbound from those countries to India. It will open up new opportunities of growth and economic development for youth of our state. Now Biju Patnaik Airport has become truly International and we will continue our efforts for further connectivity. The Aviator in Biju babu would be proud today,” said CM Patnaik.