Air India Express has launched four times a week flights between Bengaluru and Mangalore over the weekend, and also started its double daily flights to Dubai, as per a report by daijiworld. Melwyn D’Silva, Station Manger of Air India at Mangalore informed, said, “All these achievements were possible with the help and support of its travel fraternity of Mangalore and valuable passengers in and around the city. The launch of Mangalore-Bengaluru flight will fulfill tremendous demand for the route. The flight will provide convenient connection for international destinations from Bengaluru with attractive fares," he added.
Even passenger traffic from Mangalore to Dubai, Kuwait, Doha, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Muscat regions has increased in the winter schedule, he said. Addressing the gathering, Tara Naidu, Chef of Commercials, Air India Express said that this winter season, Air India Express has been concentrating particularly on Mangalore, which is evident with the launch of Bengaluru flights and double daily to Dubai. This huge jump from three per week in 2006 to 32 flight per week now clearly shows the focus of Air India Express on the city. With continuing support from Mangalore, new destinations and increased flights could be explored in the future."
The flight to Bengaluru departs from Mangalore at 1715 hrs and the flight from Bengaluru to Mangalore will leave Bengaluru at 1915 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The Mangalore-Mumbai-Mangalore flight frequency has also been increased to four days with arrival in Mangalore from Mumbai at 1615 hrs, and departure from Mangalore at 2115 hrs to Mumbai.