Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday flagged off the intra-state flight service of the Air Odisha Aviation Private Limited.

The nine-seater flight took off to Sambalpur from Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here and would return to Bhubaneswar via Jharsuguda.

Air Odisha Aviation Pvt Ltd will begin flight service to Jeypore in Koraput district, Rourkela in Sundergarh district, Sambalpur and Jharsuguda fromThursday, sources said.

The service will be available six days a week except on Sundays.

The Bhubaneswar-based private carrier is offering tickets for as low as Rs.2,499 as inaugural offer.

"The regular flight between Bhubaneswar and Sambalpur will begin from tomorrow," said Chief Managing Director of Air Odisha Aviation Private Limited, Radhakant Pani.

The flight will leave Bhubaneswar at 6.30 am and arrive Sambalpur at 7.30 am. It will return to Bhubaneswar via Jharsuguda, he said.

"However, the final schedule is yet to be prepared. It will be prepared this evening," company Board member B.D.Swain said.

Sambalpur MLA Raseswari Panigrahi, who was the first passenger, said the government will ensure that the seats remained filled every day.

"There are several industrial houses. They will be benefited by the service. Moreover, the business people, who regularly come to Bhubaneswar, will also be benefited … The flight service will play an important role for the development of this region," she said.