Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday wrote a letter to Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi seeking his intervention to introduce direct flights between Bhubaneswar and Pune.
Bhubaneswar and Pune share a long-standing relationship being two prominent educational and IT hubs of the country and many academicians and IT professionals frequently visit both the places, said Patnaik.
Besides, tourists from Pune undertake a journey to visit places like Puri, Konark, Chilika near Bhubaneswar and people of Odisha visit Shirdi, Mahabaleshwar, Trimbakeshwar near Pune. Since there is no direct flight between these two cities, the passengers have to take flight via Hyderabad or Mumbai as there is no direct flight between these two cities, said the Chief Minister.
“It is costlier as well as time-consuming for them. I would, therefore, like to seek your personal intervention in the matter for the introduction of direct flights between Bhubaneswar-Pune by Air India or any other private Airlines at the earliest,” urged the CM.
On January 21, during his visit to Pune to receive the ‘Ideal Chief Minister’ award at the 8th Indian Student Parliament, Patnaik informed that he will urge the Centre for direct flights from Bhubaneswar to Pune.