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Odisha, AirAsia to start international flight operation

Bhubaneswar, Feb 17 (IANS) The Odisha government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AirAsia for direct international flight between Bhubaneswar and Kuala Lumpur.

Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) Managing Director Nitin Bhanudas Jawale and AirAsia CEO Aireen Omar signed the agreementin this regard.

"With this MoU, AirAsia will start the first direct international flight connecting Odisha. Now the people will have an option of flying directly to that part of the world from Biju Patnaik International Airport," said Jawale.

As per the agreement, there will be two to three flights per week. After a competitive and transparent bidding process, AirAsia was selected, he added.

"We will soon start the operations and the dates will be announced very soon," Omar said.