AirAsia now plans to start services to Bangkok from the Bhubaneswar airport after launching a daily flight from the Biju Patnaik international airport to Kuala Lumpur.
The direct flight service to Bangkok from Bhubaneswar airport is expected to be launched from December 6. An MoU in this regard is likely to be signed between Odisha Tourism department and AirAsia soon.
Tourists’ footfall in Odisha is growing at the rate of 9 per cent per annum which is more than global average of 4 per cent, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while inaugurating the Second Odisha Travel Bazaar in Bhubaneswar.
Patnaik said, “Odisha has drawn tourists from across the globe for its rich art, culture and heritage. Our new tourism products like ethnic tourism, Buddhist tourism and ecotourism have gained popularity and attract a large of tourists every year.”
The chief minister also highlighted air connectivity boost to Odisha tourism. “With AirAsia introducing its flights from Bhubaneswar to Malaysia, more international air operations are expected in coming days. Development of Jharsuguda airport as a commercial airport will provide connectivity with western Odisha which will boost tourism in that region.”
It is learnt that Air India is planning to resume its Bhubaneswar to Bangkok flight December 1, 2018. Over 150 countries have e-tourist visa facility in India but Odisha tourism is yet to introduce e-tourist visa.
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