Thursday, October 26, 2006
BHUBANESWAR: In a significant move, public-carrier ‘Indian’ has decided to launch a regular service connecting Bhubaneswar with Bangalore.
It has also firmed up plans to fly an Airbus 320 between the two cities twice a week. Both the services will be launched on October 29.
The Airbus 320 will fly exclusively between the two cities while the regular flight will be routed via Chennai and Bhubaneswar before reaching Kolkata.
Informing this during the release of a tourism book published by KIIT Deemed University, here on Wednesday, Chairman of the Hotels and Restaurants Association of Orissa J K Mohanty said Orissa can reap immense benefits and expect a quantum jump in business activities in the coming days following the launch of the services.
Penned by S Patnaik, the book gives an exhaustive account on tourism in the State.
The development, which spelt double bonanza for the State, puts a cap on a prolonged and sustained campaign launched from all quarters demanding air link to the State Capital with the IT hub of India to speed up the IT development in the State and give a fillip to industrialisation process.
Orissa can also expect weekly chartered flights this winter. Mohanty said several international tour operators had evinced interest.
A chartered flight from Russia will make its maiden trip here soon, he added.
Hotels, therefore, need to upgrade their infrastructure to handle the sudden rush of overseas visitors, he sought.
Tourism and Excise Minister Debi Prasad Mishra suggested that KIIT start a course on tourism from the ensuing academic session to meet the demand for professionals in the industry.
KIIT Chancellor Achyut Samant has reportedly agreed to the proposal. Information and Public Relation Minister Debasis Nayak attended.