AirAsia India commenced Bhubaneswar to Pune direct flight operation from Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here on Sunday. Commerce and Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera flagged off the flight operation.
The minister said it would boost the tourism sector and help in the growing economy in the state.
The flight will operate every day except Saturday. Air Asia flight will depart from Bhubaneswar at 1.50 p.m. and arrive in Pune at 3.55 p.m. The return flight will commence from Pune at 4.35 p.m. and reach Bhubaneswar at 6.40 p.m., said sources.
Notably, the state government has agreed to provide financial support for AirAsia’s direct flight operation between Bhubaneswar and Pune for three months.
“We are honored to have Padmanabha Behera with us to flag off this new route. Bhubaneswar is a very special city for us as it was a part of our ‘Umeed Ki Udaan’ initiative for which we had collaborated with the State Government and other individuals to help our migrant guests reach home safely.