Mangaluru: Domestic flight operations from Mangaluru International Airport will enjoy an early morning start with the winter schedule commencing from October 30. Under the new schedule, the first flight will leave MIA for Pune at 3.20 am. The International operation will start with the first flight scheduled to depart MIA for Dubai at 8.25 am. This is not all. There is more exciting news for passengers.
In MIAs continued endeavor to enhance seamless connectivity of this coastal city, an early morning connection to the state capital Bengaluru too is set to materialize in the winter schedule. Passengers may henceforth leave for Bengaluru at 6.40 am. This is against the 11 am flight that the current summer schedule offers them. The first flight from Bengaluru will land at 8.10 am and leave for Mumbai at 8.45 am.
A decision by IndiGo to station flight (6e678) at MIA overnight will facilitate the operation of flight (6e256) which will depart to the state capital in the winter schedule at 6.40 am. Flight 6e678 will arrive at MIA from Bengaluru. IndiGo will also extend the periodicity of its flight to Dubai – now operating on alternate days to a daily flight. This daily flight will depart MIA at 8.25 am.
These scheduled flights will give passengers the opportunity to travel to both domestic and international destinations at a timing of their choice. At present, MIA has domestic connectivity to Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi (direct), Chennai, Pune, and Kolkata via Bengaluru (all IndiGo); Mumbai (GoAir and Air India), and SpiceJet (Dubai and Bengaluru) respectively.
Air India Express, which hitherto operated one flight to Mumbai, will exclusively cater to international destinations – Dubai, Dammam, Muscat, Kuwait, Doha, Bahrain, and Abu Dhabi. Additionally, IndiGo and SpiceJet have indicated they will operate to Doha and Sharjah respectively in the winter schedule. However, bookings for these new international sectors are yet to open.