Thursday, October 18, 2018

Overseas Odias demand direct air connectivity to Jharsuguda Airport

Bhubaneswar: Prabasi Odias living in the United Arab Emirates have demanded direct air connectivity to Jharsuguda airport from major metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. A group of senior Odia professionals living in the UAE met the Consul General of India Shri Vipul and presented a memorandum on the same issue. According to the memorandum, direct air links with major cities will be viable for the airlines operating on this route on account of:
1. A lot of young professionals with their roots in the western part of the state are now working in major metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata etc. They have to endure long train journeys (in many cases more than 24 hrs) or fly to Bhubaneswar or Raipur to reach their home towns. This is a captive audience for airlines to cater to.
2. Odia diaspora with their roots in Western Odisha, have to endure long international flights to major airports like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata and then have to wait for a connecting flight to Bhubaneswar or Raipur (two major airports in the region). Their journey to reach their hometowns doesn’t end there, they have to again take a train or a road journey, often running into 5-6 hours to reach their destinations in the western part of the state. Demand from them for direct air connectivity is a legitimate one.

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