Fly Direct to Kuala Lumpur, focus on Buddhist tourism

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Giving more options to International passengers and tourists, Air Asia is all set to start its direct flight from Bhubaneswar to Kuala Lumpur.

The direct flight from Bhubaneswar to Kuala Lumpur Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia will fly its first international flight from Biju Patnaik International Airport on March 27. The flight will further boost tourism in the state. With the connectivity, the state government has further decided to prepare a policy for promoting tour packages to Southeast Asian countries in collaboration with the airlines.

Reports states that the flight to Kuala Lumpur would operate four days a week. It is expected to take off from the low-cost airline’s hub in the Malaysian capital in the evening and reach Bhubaneswar around 11pm. After a halt of 30-40 minutes, the aircraft will leave for Kuala Lumpur, where it will reach early next morning.

Odisha has been one of the favourite destination and since last seven years there has been substantial rise in tourist footfall in the state. Reports stats that, in 2010, the total tourist footfall was around 76.41 lakh with 50,432 tourists from abroad. The footfall increased to 98.66 lakh with 66,675 overseas tourist in 2013 and by November 2016 the figure reached 1.10 crore with 67,108 tourists visiting the state from abroad.

The direct international flights will focus on the Buddhist tourism in the state. The connectivity to Kuala Lumpur will bring Odisha in the of Buddhist tourism map and will attract more Buddhist tourists from South Asian and South East Asian countries to Odisha.