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Direct flight service between Bhubaneswar and Dubai is likely to commence on the occasion of Utkal Diwas

Bhubaneswar: The direct flight service between Bhubaneswar and Dubai is likely to commence on the occasion of Utkal Diwas on April 1.This was revealed by the Commerce and Transport department of Odisha today

The direct flight service between Bhubaneswar and Dubai was scheduled to begin on the occasion of the birth anniversary of former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik on March 5. However, the commencement of the direct flight service postponed to April 1 due to the ongoing reconstruction work at Terminal-2 of Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here, said an official of the Commerce and Transport department.

The Terminal-2 of BPIA has been designated for international flight operations. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) had initiated reconstruction work at the terminal a few months ago, added the official.

“We had expected that the reconstruction work would be completed by February-end. So, it had been decided to commence the flight service between Bhubaneswar and Dubai on March 5. Now, the AAI requires one more month to finish the reconstruction work. We are hopeful that the flight service will begin on April 1,” said the official.

The Indigo Airlines has expressed its readiness to commence the flight service between Bhubaneswar and Dubai on April 1, he added.

Notably, several outfits of non-resident Odias had urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to take steps for commencing direct flight service between Bhubaneswar and Dubai during the latter’s visit to the Middle East last year.

The state Cabinet headed by the Chief Minister on December 27 last year had approved the bid of Indigo Airlines to operate direct flights to Dubai, Singapore and Bangkok, sources said.According to the bid proposal, a 186-seater flight will be operated from BPIA thrice a week. The state government will bear the expenditure of the flight operations and retain the revenue generated through ticketing, sources added.

 

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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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