Thursday, December 29, 2016

Jet Airways to start direct flight to Delhi from Mangaluru

Mangaluru: Reaching national capital New Delhi from this coastal city is now a direct flight away. Come January 16, Jet Airways will bridge a long felt need for direct connectivity to Delhi, which has come in fits and starts. Incidentally, Air India had introduced a direct flight to Delhi, six years ago, but was discontinued due to lack of patronage. Anyone for now wanting to commute to Delhi by flight for now have to go via Bengaluru or Mumbai, which is time consuming.
The new flight will enable a traveler reach Delhi in 2 hours 50 minutes. Jet Airways will deploy a Boeing 737 aircraft with 160-seating capacity. Flight 9W 763 will leave Mangaluru at 8am and reach Delhi at 10.50am and the return flight 9W 764 will depart Delhi at 3 pm and reach Mangaluru at 5.50pm. The other alternative to reach Delhi by superfast train (Rajdhani) takes no less than 30-hours and flights via Bengaluru and Mumbai take more than five hours.
J T Radhakrishna, airport director, Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) said introduction of this flight will provide easy and direct commuting option for those who have work in Delhi. When Air India withdrew the service it had introduced using a small aircraft, demand for direct service to Delhi never declined, he said. Jet Airways that has pulled out a schedule to Sharjah from MIA due to internal reasons is now operating the aircraft on the Delhi-Mangaluru sector.
29/12/16 Jaideep Shenoy/Times of India
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