Saturday, February 22, 2020

India’s Booming Bangalore Airport Racks Up New Markets - Munich, Seattle, Tokyo Are Coming This Year

Last week’s surprise announcement that American Airlines will begin Seattle-Bangalore service in October may have been the first time the U.S. airline industry turned its attention to India’s third largest airport.

But the rest of the world had already caught on to Bangalore’s potential, enabling hugely rapid growth for the airport that serves the region known as the Silicon Valley of India.

In March, Lufthansa will begin Munich-Bangalore and Japan Air Lines will begin Tokyo Narita-Bangalore.

“Bangalore’s time has come,” said Hari Marar, airport managing director and CEO of Kempegowda International Airport.

 “Bangalore is the technology capital of the country,” Marar said. “It has an edge over the rest of the country: It has a knowledge economy. A lot of youngsters are here and they do a lot of travel. We have a large population of Indian urban migrant labor, educated people who come to Bangalore to work.

“This has always been a city of tremendous potential,” now being realized, he said. Bangalore joins Delhi and Mumbai in offering non-stop U.S. service.
21/02/20 Ted Reed/Forbes

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