Bhubaneswar: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik calls for introduction of more flights from Bhubaneswar to destinations like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong & Bangkok for convenience and comfort to the people of the State.
CM Naveen Patnaik with Union civil aviation secy Pradeep Singh Kharola, AAI chairman Arvind Singh, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy & JS Usha Padehee addressed airlines CEOs for enhancing air connectivity today.
Discussions underway with various airlines for finalising 13 new flights like Jharsuguda-Mumbai, Prayagraj-Bhubaneswar. Govt has proposed to provide aviation fuel at 1% VAT to Private carriers for flights to North East & areas lacking air connectivity informed Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy.
In last 5 years, air traffic from Bhubaneswar has seen a growth of 29% against national avg of 17%. The State has potential which is why we are chalking out an action plan says Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Pradeep Singh Kharola after meeting on air connectivity issues in Odisha.
Tourism & Sports Secretyary Vishal K Dev presenting the rich tourism ecosystem and vibrant festival calendar to underline the tourist growth of 9.1% in state as compared to 3% for the world.
Secretary Industries and MSME, Sri Hemant Sharma elucidating the giant strides Odisha has taken in Industrial growth because of ease of doing business in the state. He says IT & Educational hub also makes the air transport expansion a big potential.
Secretary of Commerce and Transport Department impressed upon the geographical importance of BBI as the BPIA has just 2-2.5 hr flying distance to all major airports of the country. He also shared a ambitious list of domestic and international destination for the audience.