Direct Fly Bangkok

After launching a daily flight from Bhubaneswar International Airport to Kuala Lumpur, Air Asia now plans to start services to Bangkok from the City Airport.


Thai Air Asia is slated to start flight from Bhubaneswar to Bangkok from 30 November, a reliable source said in the State Government.

Senior Officers of the State Government and Top Executives of Air Asia are in touch with each other in this regard to finalize terms, said sources.

Sources said it will fly flights from Bangkok to Bhubaneswar four days a week.

Thai AirAsia is a joint venture of AirAsia and Thailand’s Asia Aviation.

In April 2017 Air Asia had started its operations from Bhubaneswar with four weekly direct flights from Kuala Lumpur It now runs daily flights connecting Bhubaneswar with Kuala Lumpur.
 
Sources said that AirAsia wanted to launch flight operation to Bangkok from Bhubaneswar on condition of receiving Rs 1.70 lakh as subsidy per flight service.

But as the State Government has extended subsidy facility for Bhubaneswar-Kuala Lumpur International flight for another one year, Air Asia will not be able to get further more subsidies for Bhubaneswar-Bangkok Flight.

This is because, it was mentioned in the MoU signed by Air Asia and Odisha Government for Kuala Lumpur flight that the International Carrier will have to start flight from Bangkok and Singapore, so that subsidy facility will continue.

In last April, State Government has renewed subsidy facility for Bhubaneswar-Kuala Lumpur flight for another one year, said a senior official handling Civil Aviation Administration in the State Government.

International carriers who opt to operate flights to and from the City Airport also enjoy full waiver from value added tax (VAT) on aviation turbine fuel (ATF).

The State Cabinet had decided to slash VAT on ATF for such carriers to zero from five per cent to boost International Air Connectivity.
 
The Biju Patnaik International Airport is controlled by Airports Authority of India (AAI) and is suitable for operation of Code 'D' aircraft of type B-767-400.
 
The Airport is also equipped with facilities for night operations, runway 14/32 of dimension 2743m X 45m, apron to park six aircrafts and navigational aids.
 
AirAsia was selected through competitive bidding to start operations from Odisha.
 
The State Government had invited an Expression of Interest (EoI) from the scheduled air carriers for running flights to destinations in South East Asia like Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
 
To woo the air carriers, the State Government had agreed to provide reasonable Viability Gap Funding (VGF) in the form of subsidy grant and Air Asia is receiving the benefit.
 
Secondly, while Air Odisha started operating flights to Jharsuguda Airport under Ude Desh Ke Aam Nagarik(UDAN), after it was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Domestic Carrier has become irregular in its flight operations.
 
So now serious move is being made by Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) to have regular flights between Bhubaneswar and Jharsuguda, said sources.
 
Alliance Air, the wholly owned subsidiary of Air India has been asked to operate flights between Bhubaneswar-Jharsuguda-Kolkata.
 
Joint Secretary, Civil Aviation, Usha Padhee is making serious efforts in this regard, said reliable sources in the State Government. 


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