Bhubaneswar: The Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) has recorded a growth of above 70% over the national average in terms of traffic in the past five years.
While the national average growth in air traffic is only 17% in the last five years, BPIA has recorded 29%.
“If you look at the past five years air traffic growth from Bhubaneswar has been very good. The growth has been 29% as compared to the national average of only 17%. This shows the potential,” informed Union Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola to newsmen here today.
Stating that aviation today is basically the driver of economic growth, Kharola informed that the number of flights from Bhubaneswar is now more than 280 a week which boils down to almost 40 flights in a day.
“I must say today’s meeting with the participation of the Government of India, the State government, all airlines and Chairman of Airport Authority of India was a unique experiment to prepare a roadmap on how to use this to realize the ultimate potential,” Kharola pointed out.