Bhubaneswar Launches First Direct International Flight to Dubai, Boosting Economic Growth and Tourism

  1. Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, launched its first-ever direct international flight service to Dubai which touched down at May 15.
  2. IndiGo is the airline operating the direct flight service.
  3. The inaugural flight carried a delegation from the Government of Odisha, civil society, business and sports community, and self-help groups.
  4. The launch coincided with the upcoming Odisha Dibasa program, showcasing the state’s culture and heritage.
  5. The direct flight operates three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) using an Airbus A320 aircraft.
  6. The starting fare for the route is set at Rs 10,000.
  7. The flight is expected to have a transformative impact on Odisha’s economy, facilitating investments, boosting trade ties, and enhancing the tourism sector.
  8. Residents express happiness and excitement about the direct flight, emphasizing the convenience and new travel experience it provides.
  9. The launch is seen as a proud moment for the people of Odisha, cutting back stopovers and reducing flying time from 12 to 4 hours.
  10. The direct flight signifies Odisha’s embrace of global connections and its potential for enhanced trade, investment, and tourism opportunities.

Question: Which city in Odisha recently launched its first-ever direct international flight service to Dubai?
a) Cuttack
b) Puri
c) Bhubaneswar
d) Rourkela
Answer: c) Bhubaneswar

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