International operation: Dry run ‘successful’

Bhubaneswar: With just two days to go to start international flight operations from its airstrips, Biju Patnaik International Airport is all set welcome overseas flights. The airport today conducted a successful dry run test .

According to airport sources, Air India-077 which was scheduled to land here on 10th July will not arrive at the city airport. However, another flight of Air India, AI-078 will land at the airport at 2 pm on the same day and will start its journey towards Delhi carrying both national and International passengers.

It will link both national and international operation. Similarly, another flight of Air India carrying international passengers will land on city-based airport on July 11, sources added.

Meanwhile, the customs and immigration checks of all will be conducted at city airport. Concerned departments including customs and immigration, central industrial security force (CISF), health and plant quarantine have reportedly given a go-ahead for the operation from the airport.

Bhubaneswar Airport under the Airport Authority of India (AAI) is suitable for operation of Code ‘D’ aircraft of type B-767-400. The airport is also equipped with night operation facilities, runway 14/32 of dimension 2743m X 45m, apron to park six aircrafts and navigational aids.

To attract international fliers to the state, the State government has already slashed value added tax (VAT) on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) to zero from five per cent.