Bhubaneswar: The long-standing demand of the people of Odisha has been fulfilled as Air India took off its maiden and a direct flight from Bhubaneswar to Surat today.
The flight left Biju Patnaik International Airport at 8.40 am and is scheduled reach Surat International Airport at 10.40 am.
The flight will operate between Bhubaneswar and Surat on Mondays and Thursdays and from Surat on Fridays and Sundays. It will leave Bhubaneswar at 8.40 am and from Surat at 8.30 am.
It is worth mentioning, that a large number of Odias have settled and are engaged in various spheres of trade and commerce industries in Surat. Due to absence of any direct air connectivity, air commuters, especially the Odias, were desperately waiting for the flight services between Bhubaneswar and Surat to start. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had also urged the Centre earlier for the flight.