Newdelhi:17/10/21:Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has said direct flight services between Odisha’s Bhubaneswar and Rajasthan’s Jaipur will commence from November 2. In a recent letter to Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who hails from Odisha, Scindia said IndiGo airline will operate three flights in a week on the Bhubaneswar-Jaipur route.
“I hope that the connectivity between Temple City, Bhubaneswar and Pink City, Jaipur would not only enhance tourist footfall but would also provide a boost to economic activities in both the states,” Scindia said. The Odisha government has been demanding flight services on the route to attract tourists to the eastern state. Pradhan had on September 17 written to Scindia, seeking his intervention to commence flight services between the two cities. Odisha Govt will provide ₹75,000 per round trip to IndiGo for initiating direct flight which will further strengthen air connectivity and boost tourism
Recently, the government had announced the removal of restrictions on domestic aviation capacity from Oct 18. The government had capped domestic flight capacity since May 2020 and the domestic flights capacity was capped at 85%. In September, MoCA allowed airlines to operate a maximum of 85 percent of their pre-Covid domestic flights instead of the 72.5 percent allowed to date. The carriers have been operating 72.5 percent of their pre-Covid domestic flights since August 12, according to the ministry’s order. Between July 5 and August 12, the cap stood at 65 percent. Between June 1 and July 5, the cap was at 50 percent.