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An Air India Flight left the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) for Surat city in Gujarat

Bhubaneswar, Jan 20: An Air India Flight left the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) for Surat city in Gujarat on Monday morning commencing direct flight service between the two cities.

The Air India flight A320 left the BPIA at 8.40 am with 81 passengers on board, informed an airport official.

The direct flight service between Bhubaneswar and Surat will be operated twice a week, said BPIA director Baruda Venkateswara Rao.

As per reports, the flight operations set up by the PSU Carrier Air India to connect Bhubaneswar with the textile hub of Gujarat, Surat will take off every Monday and Thursday from Bhubaneswar airport at 8.40 AM and reach Surat at 10.40 AM.

Similarly, during its return journey, the flight will depart from Surat airport at 8.40 AM and reach BPIA at 10.40 AM on every Friday and Sunday, the airport authority informed.

Sources said that the economy class of the flight was fully booked both ways.

“We are very happy with the direct flight operations. Earlier, we had to go with a stop-over at Delhi. Now the time will be reduced to just two hours,” said a passenger.

Lok Sabha Member and BJP leader Aparajita Sarangi, who also boarded the Surat flight said, “We had been trying to start a direct flight to Surat from last three months. I would like to thank PM Modiji, Civil Aviation Minister Puriji, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and the CMD of Air India Ashwini Lohani. Without their efforts, the flight wouldn’t have flown today.”

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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