Saturday, October 12, 2019

Expats give a slip to M’luru, fly from Kannur airport to save time, money

Mangaluru: With the requests to change the inconvenient flight timings at Mangaluru airport eliciting no response, many from the city who work in Kuwait and Bahrain are using the 10-month-old Kannur International Airport, 150 kilometre away from the city, instead of Mangaluru airport to travel to Gulf countries.
If one asks about the benefits of using an airport 150 km away, the expats have an answer—apart from saving lot of money, they can choose from daily flights instead of just three flights in a week from the Gulf to Mangaluru. This apart, they will get convenient timings and save the number of days as well.

After the bankrupt Jet Airways was grounded, Air India Express is the only airline that operates to Bahrain and Kuwait from MIA. The Air India Express flight from Mangaluru via Bahrain to Kuwait operates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It departs at 6.35 am from MIA, and arrives at Kuwait around 10am. The flight from Kuwait leaves around 11.20 am, and lands at MIA at around 7pm.

Santosh Kumar Shetty, who used to travel with his wife and two children from Kuwait to Mangaluru, said he could save nearly Rs 40,000 in a single journey by landing in Kannur. “After landing at Kannur airport, I booked a taxi to reach my home in Mangaluru, which cost me nearly Rs 4,000. The flight was as per my convenience and I also saved two days (to and fro),” said Shetty. The journey to Mangaluru from Kannur, takes around 3 hours.

Whereas Anil, a resident of Neermarga in the city, who had to report to work in Kuwait on a short notice, reached Kannur airport by taking a train. “The one way flight was available for just Rs 8,000. It was feasible as I had to report to work on a particular day. Even my other friends are thinking of the same,” he told TOI. The flights from Kannur also allows more luggage, he added.
12/10/19 Kevin Mendonsa/Times of India
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