The Odisha government has given its green signal to Tigerair for direct flight operation from Bhubaneswar’s Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) to Singapore.
Now, the State Government has invited the Singapore-based International Airlines to finalise terms and conditions with it, to operate flight operations from Bhubaneswar to Singapore.
Tigerair, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines Limited, is a no-frill (budget) airline offering affordable fare to the passengers.
Sources said, there is strong reason for international players to operate from Bhubaneswar given the steady rise in overseas passengers in Air India’s currently running feeder flights. Official records show, around 58 passengers travel daily to different international destinations from Bhubaneswar airport.
Currently, Tigerair is flying to 41 destinations across Asia including Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, China, Hong Kong, Bangladesh and Vietnam. All its aircrafts belong to Airbus A320 cluster.
Recently, the Odisha Government has invited expressions of interest (EoI) from international flight operators to introduce flights from the Bhubaneswar airport to destinations like Singapore, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur.
Meanwhile, the State Government has reduced the sales tax on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) to zero-level for direct international flights and also viability gap funding (VGF) in form of subsidy grant.