Monday, August 14, 2023

Poor connectivity from Mangaluru airport poses hassles for intl travellers

Mangaluru: Mangaluru is the only international airport in the state other than the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. However connectivity from the Mangaluru airport to overseas destinations is not free from hassles.

Though there are direct flights to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait and Muscat from Mangaluru, they do not operate on a daily basis.

But, there are no direct flights to Jeddah, Sharjah and several other places from Mangaluru where a large number of non-resident Indians live. Also, there is no direct air link to Singapore and Maldives.

Direct flights to most countries from Mangaluru are not being operated at suitable times and as per the need. Given the number of international tourists flying from Mangaluru there are not many flights made available to Doha, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait. Though there are international airlines flying from Bengaluru and other international airports in the country, Mangaluru is deprived of facilities.

There is only one operational weekly flight to Kuwait from Mangaluru that too on a Sunday. As there are holidays on Friday and Saturday in Kuwait the

flight schedules do not suit passengers who wish to travel to Kuwait. It is possible to fly from Kuwait to Mangaluru via Mumbai but passengers have to wait for seven hours. Therefore non-resident Indians say that such flights operating from Mangaluru do not help them .

There are students arriving from abroad to the undivided Dakshina Kannada

district which is identified as an education hub. There are also people travelling overseas for jobs and tourism purposes. But relying on connecting flights and spending more waiting time in the airports and also shelling out more money seems inevitable. Airlines say that there is a scarcity of aircraft and it is difficult to obtain permission as per the agreement.

14/08/2023 Daijiworld

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