Aviation

GoAir starts operations in Bhubaneswar

BHUBANESWAR

In a development boosting domestic air traffic and tourism in the state, domestic carrier Go Air has started its operation here in city on Sunday.

Airport officials said the carrier would run four flights —two Delhi-bound and one each to Kolkata and Mumbai. With the commissioning of the Go Air flights, the total number of domestic flights taking off from the city will touch 20. Earlier, there were 19 flights but Jet Airways had withdrawn three flights in October last year.

In a letter sent to Biju Patnaik Airport director Sharad Kumar on Monday, the airline sought space for ticket counters, back-up office, apron and airside engineering at the domestic terminal.

“The airline has given us the proposed flight schedules (to and fro) for the four flights. We have sent the schedules to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) headquarters for approval. There may be some changes in the schedules after they are reviewed by AAI,” said the director.

According to the proposed schedule, the two Delhi-bound flights will leave Bhubaneswar at 8.45 am and 7.30 pm, while the Mumbai flight will take off 11 am and the Kolkata flight at 6.30 pm. At present, Indigo has 11 flights from the city airport flying to Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.

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