Maiden flight to Bangkok takes off from city airport

Bhubaneswar Mayor Ananta Jena celebrating happy moment at BPIA

Bhubaneswar: The Air India airline is set to start its direct bi-weekly worldwide flight service between Bhubaneswar and Bangkok from today.

Air India's new flight is the second direct global service from the Odisha capital.

"I am glad that an global flight from Bhubaneswar to Bangkok starts today".

Describing this as a historic moment, Patnaik said he hoped it will further strengthen ties with southeast Asian countries. "It will boost trade and tourism and pave the way for bringing Buddhist tourists here", the chief minister said on the sidelines of the flagging-off ceremony.

The first flight took off today with 38 passengers on board from Bhubaneswar to Bangkok.

Air India's Regional Director of eastern region Capt Rohit Bhasin told the mediapersons that the flight (AI338), which is operated by a 162-seater Airbus 320 Neo aircraft, will operate between Bhubaneswar and Bangkok every week on Thursday and Sunday.

Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda said the direct flight would boost tourism to Odisha. The passengers were given rousing welcome after they landed at the airport.

While earlier in 2017, the AirAsia had announced its first weekly global flight service from here connecting Kuala Lumpur, later it made the operation daily as the city airport has become a much sought-after destination for air travellers.

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