Air India will operate a flight from Bhubaneswar to Abu Dhabi in the UAE via Hyderabad.
“…it has been decided to start operation of international flights from Biju Patnaik Airport. Air India will commence international operations before July 10,” said Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
Meanwhile, the Odisha government decided to double tourist footfalls to about 2 crore which are at present about 1 crore per annum.
Tourist arrivals in the state increased by 12 percent in 2014 compared to 2013. While the number was 98.66 lakh in 2013, it increased to 1.08 crore in 2014, said an official. (IANS)