Odisha awaits nod for international plane tickets

Bhubaneswar, April 1 (IANS) Even seventeen months after getting the tag of the international airport, commercial operations are yet to begin at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here.

Despite a number of requests from the Odisha government, the union civil aviation ministry is usually yet to give its final jerk to low cost international carriers in order to commence flights to and from the single full-fledged airport in Odisha. The particular central government granted Bhubaneswar and Imphal airports international status upon October 30, 2013, with a view to boosting economic development both in the states.
“We are repeatedly urging the ministry to commence international operations through Bhubaneswar. But the centre is paying no heed to our demands, inch Tourism Minister Ashok Panda informed IANS.
“Several airline flight operators have evinced interest. But we can’t do anything unless of course the centre gives the green transmission, ” Panda said.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik offers raised the issue with Prime Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) Narendra Modi and the chief secretary of the state has written often to the civil aviation ministry, the minister said.
“The failure to utilise the new terminal and the delay in (starting) global flights from Bhubaneswar have not only adversely affected the economics of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) but also undermined the legitimate anticipations of the people of Odisha, inch Patnaik said in a letter to the civil aviation minister.
In order to attract international flight operators, the state government slashed taxes upon aviation turbine fuel (ATF), getting it down to five percent and offered free parking.
“Several airlines are interested in Bhubaneswar airport. We are discussing with them. They may be examining the feasibility for global operation, ” airport director Sarad Kumar told IANS.
He said terminal T2 had been modified to facilitate international procedures.
Space has been allotted for offices of the Bureau of Immigration, Central Board of Excise and Customs, Adult Products Registration Animal Quarantine and Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying among others.
Knowledgeable sources said low cost airlines such as Singapore Airline’s Silk Air, Air flow Asia, Indigo and SriLankan Air carriers had evinced interest to start procedure from the airport.
An international non-scheduled chartered flight of Air flow China landed at the airport a week ago. The flight, directly coming from Beijing, left for its onward journey in order to Zanzibar in Africa the same time.
(Chinmaya Dehury could be contacted at chinmaya. d@ians. in)


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Bhubaneswar, April 1 (IANS) Even 17 months after getting the tag of an international airport, industrial operations are yet to begin at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here.

Despite several requests from the Odisha government, the union municipal aviation ministry is yet to give its final nod to low cost international carriers to commence plane tickets to and from the lone full-fledged airport terminal in Odisha. The central authorities granted Bhubaneswar and Imphal international airports international status on October 30, 2013, with a view to enhancing economic development in both the says.
“We are frequently urging the ministry to begin international operations from Bhubaneswar. But the centre is paying no attention to our demands, ” Tourism Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) Ashok Panda told IANS.
“Several flight operators possess evinced interest. But we cannot do anything unless the center gives the green signal, ” Panda said.
Chief Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) Naveen Patnaik has raised the problem with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the chief secretary of the condition has written many times to the municipal aviation ministry, the minister mentioned.
“The failure in order to utilise the new terminal and the delay in (starting) international flights through Bhubaneswar have not only adversely affected the economics of the Airports Power of India (AAI) but also undermined the legitimate expectations of the people of Odisha, ” Patnaik mentioned in a letter to the civil modern aviation minister.
In order to catch the attention of international flight operators, the state authorities slashed taxes on aviation generator fuel (ATF), bringing it right down to five percent and offered totally free parking.
“Several airlines are interested in Bhubaneswar airport. We are discussing with them. They are examining the feasibility for international operation, inch airport director Sarad Kumar informed IANS.
He mentioned terminal T2 had been modified in order to facilitate international operations.
Space has been allotted for workplaces of the Bureau of Immigration, Main Board of Excise and Customs, Animal Quarantine and Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying and others.
Informed sources mentioned low cost airlines like Singapore Airline’s Silk Air, Air Asia, Indigo and SriLankan Airlines had evinced interest to start operation from the airport terminal.
An international non-scheduled chartered flight of Air China landed at the airport last week. The airline flight, directly coming from Beijing, left for its onward journey to Zanzibar in Africa the same day.
(Chinmaya Dehury can be contacted with chinmaya. d@ians. in)

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