Odisha government has requested AirAsia to operate its flight service from Bhubaneswar to Colombo and Bangkok, informed Tourism Minister Ashok Panda.
AirAsia is currently operating flights from Bhubaneswar to Kuala Lumpur. Minister Panda said the flight connectivity has thrown open the entire east, south-east Asian nations to Bhubaneswar for tourism and businesses.
Initially, AirAsia flights were for three days a week but since October last year it is on all days of the week due to the demand, he observed. Odisha is aggressively marketing its tourist potential in the international circuit, he claimed.
Tourist footfall both domestic and foreign has increased manifold from during the last three years, he added. Foreign tourist arrival in the state recorded a growth of 30.97 percent during the period.
The arrival of domestic tourists to the state was 1,40,11,229 in 2017 against 1,07,90,622 in 2014 and the arrival of foreign tourist to the state went up from 71,417 in 2014 to 1,00,014 in 2017.