The first AirAsia Bhubaneswar to Bangkok direct flight took off from Biju Patnaik International Airport at 12:25 am on Friday.
As many as 30 flyers reached Bhubaneswar from Bangkok in Air Asia’s Airbus A 320 plane at 11.35 pm yesterday in its maiden flight on the airline route following which the plane was welcomed with a water cannon salute.
Similarly, a total of 165 passengers left for Bangkok from Bhubaneswar Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) at 12:25 am on Friday.The passengers were accorded a grand welcome at the BPIA before they took off.
Minister of Tourism Ashok Chandra Panda lit an inaugural lamp at 9.30 pm before the check-in process started. The flight took around 2.5 hours and reached the Thailand capital at 4:18 am local time.
The service will be available three days a week- Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The return flight will take off from Bangkok at 10:35 pm local time and reach Bhubaneswar at 11:55 pm.
As part of the launch offer, fares start at Rs 2999 one-way. Odisha’s Singha Baja is used in Rajinikanth’s new film song ‘Marana Mass’.