Fly Dubai, Silk Air (Singapore) and Air Arabia are all keen to run flights to the Biju Patnaik International Airport (India) after the authorities decided to slash the VAT on ATF. The airport has recently been granted the international status.


Holiday makers and business travellers who are looking to find a different gateway to India in order to better organise or create a more flexible holiday itinerary have a new option to consider while booking air tickets to the country. Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) has been recently granted the international status and there are already reports floating in the Indian media that several domestic and international carriers are willing to run flights to this airport in Orissa (Odisha), an eastern coastal state in India.

Reports indicate that the Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) Air Arabia is keen to operate flights between Bhubaneswar, India and the UAE, offering an altogether new route option to holiday makers and other travellers hoping to secure flight tickets. On the other hand, SilkAir has proposed to connect Bhubaneswar with Singapore with flights via Kolkata and Visakhapatnam.

Earlier, flydubai had shown its willingness to run passenger flights and therefore offer air tickets for services connecting Bhubaneswar with Dubai.

Domestically, India’s Spice Jet and GoAir are ready to provide flights to and from Bhubaneswar from April 1. The decision came after the Odisha government slashed VAT (Value Added Tax) on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) to five per cent from 20 per cent. Even Indigo has offered to run additional flights, providing more choices to passengers seeking tickets.

It has not been long since India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation declared the Biju Patnaik as an international airport. It has an in-line compatible baggage handling system, flight information display system and CCTV for surveillance. Tourists who indeed choose to book tickets on flights landing at the BPIA will find the interiors very interesting as it portrays the local culture of the province.

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