Jeddah set to become 8th destination from Mangaluru Airport

Exterior view of Mangaluru Airport frontage.
Photo Credit: Mangaluru Airport

Mangaluru International Airport will further enhance its international connectivity with the addition of Jeddah as its eighth overseas sector in the upcoming summer schedule.

This development comes as Air India Express announces its new weekly flight, set to commence operations every Wednesday starting from April 3, 2024

Flight Schedule and Details

The newly introduced Air India Express flight, numbered IX 499, will facilitate travel from Mangaluru to Jeddah, departing at 2:50 PM local time and arriving in Jeddah at 6:25 PM Jeddah time.

For the return journey, flight IX 498 will take off from Jeddah at 7:25 PM Jeddah time, reaching Mangaluru at 3:40 AM on Thursday. This convenient schedule is poised to cater to the needs of both leisure and business travelers.

Aircraft Configuration and Booking Information

Air India Express will operate this route utilizing Boeing 737-800 aircraft, featuring a 186-seater all economy configuration.

Booking for the Mangaluru-Jeddah sector is now open, offering travelers the opportunity to secure their seats for this highly anticipated service.

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Significance of the New Sector

Jeddah marks a significant addition to the international routes served by Mangaluru International Airport.

It represents the first collaboration between the airport and an airline to introduce a new international sector since the commencement of commercial operations on October 31, 2020.

The decision to include Jeddah stems from the growing demand for connectivity to this bustling Saudi Arabian city.

Current International Connectivity

At present, Mangaluru International Airport boasts connectivity to several key international destinations, including Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, and Muscat.

With daily flights to Dubai operated by Air India Express and additional services provided by IndiGo, the airport facilitates seamless travel to the Middle East and beyond.

The introduction of the Jeddah route further enriches the airport’s network, offering passengers more choices for their travel needs.

Airport signage for Mangaluru International Airport
Photo Credit: Mangaluru International Airport

Bilateral Air Service Agreements

International operations from Mangaluru International Airport, including the forthcoming Jeddah route, are facilitated by bilateral air service agreements (ASA) between India and various countries.

These agreements provide the framework for air travel between nations, enabling airlines to operate scheduled services.

With ASAs in place with countries such as Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, Mangaluru International Airport plays a pivotal role in enhancing regional connectivity.

About Mangaluru Airport

Mangaluru International Airport, also known as Mangalore International Airport (IXE), is an international airport serving the coastal city of Mangalore, India.

It is one of the two international airports in Karnataka, the other being Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore. Mangalore International Airport is the second busiest airport in Karnataka.

The airport is near Bajpe, around 13 km (8.1 mi) northeast of Mangalore city centre. It is on top of a hill, with two tabletop runways (09/27 and 06/24). Only two other airports in India have tabletop runways – Kozhikode and Lengpui.

The airport is currently served by a number of airlines, including Air India, Air India Express, IndiGo, SpiceJet, and Vistara. As well as the rising list of international destinations, these national airlines offer flights to a number of key domestic destinations, including Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.

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