Mangalore International Airport (MIA) has scheduled summer flights and the first one got off to an early start with the arrival of the maiden IndiGo flight from Pune at 12.42 am on Monday. The new flight will operate four times a week in the Delhi-Pune-Mangaluru sector.
The inaugural flight, with 82 passengers, landed 38 minutes ahead of its scheduled arrival of 1.20 am, marking the entry of Pune as the newest destination.
The introduction of this flight saw a late-night buzz at the airport with the airline holding a small celebration with passengers and other stakeholders. The lighting of the traditional lamp and cutting of a cake added to the on-ground pre-flight excitement.
The airport arranged for a traditional water cannon salute to the aircraft as it taxied into the parking stand. Captain Aman Gupta acknowledged this gesture by making an onboard flight announcement to this effect on behalf of his six-member crew.
The introduction of the new flight is also a reaffirmation of the commitment of the airport to add new sectors — both domestic and international — for greater travelling convenience for passengers, stated a release.