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Mangalore: Another Landmark for Airport - Maiden Flight from Bahrain Lands
Published Date: 08 Oct, 2012 (9:12 AM)

Team Mangalorean - Suburban

Mangalore: The airport code IXE of the city now having gone into the global map, another landmark was achieved at Kenjar when an aircraft carrying 138 passengers from the Kingdom of Bahrain landed here around 6-40 pm on Saturday.

The plane, crew and passengers were welcomed by airport director M R Vasudeva, Saleem U R and other members of LIFE organization, entrepreneurs Rohan Monteiro, Vishwas Shetty, National Institute of Personnel Management chairman Shekhar Poojary and others. Sweetmeats were exchanged and distributed to celebrate the momentous occasion.

More to come

International airlines like Emirates, Air Arabia, Air Lanka and Air Asia are said to be eyeing Mangalore as a prospective destination and point of operation. Travel to Europe, the American continent, the Far East and Australia is likely to be shorter with connectivity. With a steep rise in passengers' number, tourism and trade are likely to get a boost.

Direct flights from here to major destinations are likely to be a reality soon. At least one flight a week, to begin with, is likely to be operated to Sri Lanka and another to Singapore.

On an average, 40 flights, domestic and international, are being handled at this airport. Kuwait, Sharjah, Doha, Bahrain, Muscat and Abu Dhabi are connected by direct flights. On the domestic front, the city is connected to Mumbai, Calicut, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Goa and Chennai. At present, Air India Express, JetAirways and SpiceJet are operating flights from and to Mangalore.

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Joe Gonsalves, India Oct 9, 2012
An international airport at Mangalore is a long felt need and I am glad that at long last a decision has been taken to officially declare this airport as an international airport. We have come a long way ever since the advent of flying. I recall flying in a Dakota to Mangalore from Mumbai which used to take four hours - flying at an altitude of 5000 ft. with a beautiful view of the beach of Arabian Sea below.

There was the semblance of just one little building in Bajpe which was called the terminal building. Just a few days ago on my return from U.S.A. I boarded the connecting Air India Express flight from Mumbai and it was a pleasure to land in Mangalore within about an hour.

By a co-incidence, the up-grading of the airport comes as a gift by Mr. Vasudeva Rao who worked relentlessly for The Mangalore Airport and going International was his brain child.

Joe Gonsalves
Ramesh Padubidri, Bahrain Oct 8, 2012
Nothing special about this news at all. bahrain has been connected to mangalore directly or via a stopover at doha since 2006-07. I myself have travelled in June 2007!
Regarding international status to the airport, it is really a good move and sincerely believe that other airlines start operations and give competition to AIE and break its monopoly. AIE really takes passengers for a ride. They just announced the winter schedule 3 weeks back and I have booked BAH-IXE-BAH in december with the timings like this- BAH dep @ 2.50PM and arr @ mangalore @ 9.20 PM and return dep @ 1200 noon and arr @ BAH @ 1.50PM. Today, just 3 weeks later they have already changed the schedule!!! BAH dep @ 9.50 AM and arr at IXE @ 4.20PM and IXE dep @ 7.00AM and BAH arr @ 8.50 AM!! What a drastic changes in timings at such a short period of time of 3 weeks!! How are we supposed to plan???
Dr Amarnath D.Savur, India Oct 8, 2012
Congratulations to the Director and the entire team of Mangalore INTERNATIONAL Airport!! We will surely look forward to more Intl Airlines to land at Mangalore soon!
Ranjith, Saudi Arabia Oct 8, 2012
Looking forward to have direct flights - Dammam to Mangalore
Abdul Mohd. Bajpe/Sharjha, UAE Oct 8, 2012
Mangalore will rocking ,good news for all people world. Sharjah to Mangalore my dream route since we are expolieted by Air Indian express from many years. Thanks for updating news
Vinayak, UAE Oct 8, 2012
I can understand Air arabia being capable of landing with their fleet of A319. But emirates does not have any of such aircraft in their fleet. I our "so called" m'lore airport capable with its runway for landing A330-200 or boeing 777 ?? I am sure the runway is not sufficient for such aircraft. Air Asia too has got fleet of smaller aircraft which can land at m'lore airport. Our indian govt. should not think further and give landing rights to their int'l airline and take the chance of getting forgien revenue into our country, rather being hypocrits and being monopoly.
javid, Oman Oct 8, 2012
But when we will have Other airlines flying into mlore ....we are sick and tried of Air India express bad service and timings change.

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