In a momentous event, Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, marked a significant milestone with the launch of its first-ever direct international flight service to Dubai. IndiGo’s direct flight service is a testament to the growing importance of Bhubaneswar as a major destination.
The inaugural flight, carrying a delegation comprising representatives from the Government of Odisha, civil society, members of the business & sports community and self-help groups touched down at Dubai International Airport at 9.45 pm local time.
The delegation’s visit to Dubai coincides with the upcoming Odisha Dibasa program, scheduled to be held on May 16 and 17, showcasing the state’s rich culture and heritage.
Operating three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the state-of-the-art Airbus A320 aircraft will ensure seamless travel between Bhubaneswar and Dubai, enhancing convenience for both business and leisure travelers. The route’s starting fare, set at Rs 10,000.
The direct flight service is expected to have a transformative impact on the economic landscape of Odisha. By improving accessibility and connectivity, it will facilitate increased investments, boost trade ties, and propel the state’s tourism sector to new heights.
A Sharjah resident Shree Mohapatra expressed happiness and said that it is a a fantastic initiative by the Odisha government, and an overwhelming feeling to finally know that they can now travel direct, without any hassles of airport transfers, baggage transfers, endless queues for a second security check, and moreover, tiring waiting hours.
Dubai resident Sudhashree Dash said that it was a demand for the last 20 years, and finally, the day has come. Flying to Odisha without changing flights will be a totally new experience.
The launch of Bhubaneswar’s first international flight to Dubai is a moment of great pride and excitement for the people of Odisha, and a great logistical convenience cutting back stopovers and reducing the flying time from 12 to 4 hours.
As the state embraces global connections, it is poised to leverage the opportunities presented by enhanced trade, investment, and tourism, propelling it onto the global stage as a vibrant and progressive region.