Thursday, December 06, 2018

Int’l fights from BPIA: State seeks norms relaxed

Bhubaneswar: With little scope to relax norms relating to bilateral rights for foreign airlines, the State Government’s plan to connect Bhubaneswar with Colombo, Singapore and Dubai will face hurdle, feel senior officials.

Odisha along with several other State Governments are requesting the Union Government to relax norms for the international airlines to run their services from the cities in the countries.

Accordingly, the State Government has urged Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) to relax the norms relating to bilateral rights for foreign airlines, so that they can operate direct flights to Dubai from Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA).

There is huge scope for direct international flight from BPIA to Srilanka, Singapore and Dubai as these destinations of South Asian and Arabian countries are attracting tourists.

With Air Asia started flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bhubaneswar and Bangkok to Bhubaneswar the capital city is connected to about 21 destinations abroad. So tourists from all over the world are showing interest in the State as a major tourist destination.

Looking at the bright prospects for foreign tourist inflow, the State Government had urged MoCA to relax norms for foreign airlines.
06/12/18  Pioneer

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