The winter schedules of international airlines are out but Biju Patnaik Airport, which was accorded international airport status recently, has not found a place among the tourist destinations yet.
The November-February period is when the international tourists head to Odisha given its tropical climate but the international airport status has not apparently enthused many of the airliners yet. Major tour operators were disappointed not to find Biju Patnaik Airport as destination in the computer reservation system (CRS).
In fact, a few days after Biju Patnaik Airport was accorded international status, the airport authority had claimed that four international airlines had sought permissions to operate directly from Abu Dhabi (Qatar Airways), Singapore (Silk Air), Bangkok (Indigo) and Dubai (Fly Dubai).
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