Bhubaneswar: Here’s a good news for thousands of Odia-speaking people in Gujarat and their relatives in Odisha. Air India has announced introduction of a direct Bhubaneswar-Surat flight from January 20, 2020.
The flight will operate twice a week.
The schedule is as follows:
From Bhubaneswar — Monday and Thursday
Departure 8.40 am, arrival 10.40 am
From Surat — Friday and Sunday
Departure 8.30 am, arrival 10.30 pm
Bhubaneswar MP and BJP leader Aparajita Sarangi, who had earlier informed about the introduction of the direct flight and had written a letter to the Civil Aviation Ministry, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Air India CMD Ashwini Lohani for the new air service.
In a Tweet, she also shared a letter from Air India about the flight schedule.
Congratulations to all our Odia friends in Bhubaneswar and Surat.
Finally, we have Bhubaneswar- Surat flight w.e.f. 20th January, 2020 .
I just received the communication from CMD, Air India. Many thanks @narendramodi @HardeepSPuri @AshwaniLohani . I am grateful. pic.twitter.com/62UXedb2SM
— Aparajita Sarangi (@AprajitaSarangi) November 22, 2019
With the introduction of the Bhubaneswar-Surat flight, people in Odisha will have an additional air service to Gujarat. IndiGo is the other airline which is operating a daily service between Bhubaneswar and Ahmedabad.
Surat is home to an estimated seven lakh Odias. To meet the travelling demands, there had been a long-standing demand for air service between the diamond city and the Odisha capital.