Mangaluru airport gears up to handle more flights | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) is banking on airlines to start extra flights to bring it out of the pandemic-induced downturn in passenger traffic. SpiceJet has set the ball rolling by reintroducing flights to Delhi, and Bengaluru. This is besides its daily flight to Mumbai. Air India and IndiGo, the other state and private airlines operating to MIA are planning to ramp up services from the airport in a phased manner.
As per the flight schedule that SpiceJet has filed with MIA, the airline started direct flight on Delhi-Mangaluru-Delhi sector on September 22. The flight will operate on Tuesdays and Sundays. SG761 leaves Delhi at 10.10am and reaches MIA at 12.35pm and leaves as flight SG762 at 1.10pm to reach Delhi at 3.55pm.
The fares range between Rs 6,206 for Spice Saver and Rs 7,406 for SpiceMax as per fare chart on the airline’s website.
The airline has also introduced additional flights to Bengaluru every Wednesday and Thursday starting today. This is in addition to daily flight to Bengaluru.
Flight SG3328 leaves Bengaluru at 9.45am and reaches here at 10.30am. Flight 3329 leaves MIA at 11am and reaches Bengaluru at 11.55am. The fares are Rs 2,529 for SpiceSaver and Rs 3,730 for SpiceMax. This is in addition to daily flights SG 1035 and SG 1027.
Air India too has re-started flights from Mangaluru. It is operating a flight — three days a week on Mumbai-Mangaluru-Kochi-Mumbai sector. Flight AI 681 leaves Mumbai at 2.45pm and reaches here at 4.20pm. This flight leaves for Kochi at 5.20pm and reaches there at 6.20pm. On the return leg, the flight leaves Kochi at 7.20pm and reaches Mumbai at 9.30pm. The average occupancy between Mumbai-Mangaluru and Kochi-Mumbai is around 95%.
IndiGo is operating five flights — two to Bengaluru daily, one to Mumbai four days a week, one daily to Hyderabad and one to Chennai three days a week. IndiGo has scheduled an ‘Air Bubble Flight’ to Dubai on September 26.
The passenger load that was in single digits has since gone up to three digits indicating a rebound in passenger confidence, the airline executive said. Relaxation in quarantine norms in Karnataka has spurred the spike in passenger traffic.
V V Rao, airport director, MIA told TOI that the airport which at its peak handled around 80 movements per day is now handling around half the capacity. Exit of Jet Airways from the scene has opened up slots. Airlines are free to start flights to Mangaluru. The formal restart of the academic season will rekindle demand for flights to this education hub, Rao said adding MIA is ready to make the airport a hub of flight activities once again.

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