Among the VIPs at Air India’s inaugural flight ceremony between Bhubaneswar and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi was Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who had the honour of lighting the lamp, cutting the ribbon and cake, plus flying the flag to officially open the new link. Launched 10 December, Air India will operate the 1,743-kilometre route twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) on its A320s. The city pair is not served by any other carrier.
- Air India commenced flights from Bhubaneswar (BBI) and Chandigarh (IXC) to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) this week, meaning that the Indian flag carrier now serves the Thai capital from four destinations in India non-stop, with these latest routes joining Delhi and Mumbai services. Flights from Bhubaneswar commenced on 10 December, with the 1,743-kilometre sector expected to be flown twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays). Chandigarh operations began the following day, with the 3,092-kilometre link to Suvarnabhumi seeing three weekly flights. Both connections will be flown on the airline’s A320s, with neither city pair facing direct competition when referring to OAG schedules. See how Buhbaneswar Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.