The Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) is all set to add new destinations to the list from March, including Pune and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia as things come to normal.
The aviation sector, which is bouncing back after a jerk in December and January, has decided to add new flights on routes that have higher passenger demand. The domestic passenger movement at MIA had dropped by 60% in January, due to covid-19, and the scare caused by the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
Air India Express (AIE) will operate four direct flights from MIA to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. This is a new route from MIA. AIE officials said that this is the longest flight from MIA, which will last for five hours from March. “As per the current schedule, this new route will operate only on March 2, 9, 16, and 23, and bookings are open. The new route to Jeddah, only for March, has come as a surprise,” said the official. Meanwhile, IndiGo will fly to Dubai, instead of its current existing flight to Sharjah from April.
In the domestic sector, IndiGo will resume its fifth daily flight between Mangaluru and Bengaluru. This is a late-night flight, for which an Airbus A320 aircraft will be used. It will also add another night flight to the existing Hyderabad route. “Currently, we are operating a flight to Hyderabad, and due to demand, another night flight is being added from March. Also, IndiGo will introduce flights between Mangaluru and Pune, four times a week, from March 27. The non-stop midnight flight to Tirupati.