Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday wrote to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S Puri urging his personal intervention in introducing direct flight services between Bhubaneswar & Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.
He also added that “Ever since international operations commenced at Bhubaneswar Airports in 2015, the has been a steady growth of international passengers, especially tourists and NRIs. Hence, a direct flight will immensely benefit a large number of Odia workers travelling to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Riyad, Bahrain and other Gulf cities.
“The Bhubaneswar Airport stands as one of India’s fastest-growing airports, registering a growth rate of 41% in 2017-2018 and grossing over 32 lakh footfalls,” informed Pradhan.
The Union Minister also recommended Spicejet to consider Ras-Al-Khaima connectivity from Bhubaneswar as the airline has an MoU with UAE in order to start a new airline.
In his letter to the Civil Aviation Minister, Pradhan mentioned that the proposed flight will help in strengthening our bilateral relationship with the UAE and bolster the business between the two countries.