Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu to introduce direct flights between Bhubaneswar and Surat.
“You might be aware that lakhs of Odia families have settled in Surat and are engaged in the textile sector there. However, presently there is no direct air connectivity between Bhubaneswar and Surat, Naveen wrote in his letter to the Civil Aviation Minister.
It takes a lot of time to travel by air between these two cities. During the hours of urgent necessity, Odia people living in Surat face untold difficulties in reaching Odisha in time. Besides, people from both the cities visit places of tourist interest in and around these cities every year, he added.
Air connectivity between Bhubaneswar and Surat can give rise to tourist inflow to both the places. I would, therefore, like to request you to impress upon Air India and other private airlines to introduce direct flights between Bhubaneswar and Surat at the earliest, he concluded.