Enhancing Air Connectivity: Air India Express Unveils New Bengaluru-Mangaluru Flights

Enhancing Air Connectivity: Air India Express Unveils New Bengaluru-Mangaluru Flights

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Published on November 21, 2023

In response to the escalating demand for air travel between Bengaluru and Mangaluru, Air India Express (AIE) has introduced two new flight services, marking a significant addition to the connectivity between Karnataka's capital and its coastal counterpart. This move comes as part of the airline's commitment to meet the growing travel needs of passengers in the region.

The recently launched services, AIE IX 782 and AIE IX1795, will now operate seven flights daily between Bengaluru and Mangaluru. The commencement of these flights is a strategic response to the rising demand for convenient and efficient air travel options connecting these two prominent cities.

Mangaluru International Airport has been witnessing a surge in aviation activities, with several airlines recognizing the city's appeal to flyers from Karnataka and neighboring Kerala. The addition of extra flight services is seen as a testament to the growing popularity of Mangaluru as a significant aviation hub.

IndiGo has also played a role in enhancing air connectivity from Mangaluru International Airport. The airline recently announced the launch of a third direct flight from Mangaluru to Hyderabad, further expanding its network from this coastal city. This development follows the introduction of new direct routes connecting Tamil Nadu's Salem with Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru.

The recently inaugurated Shivamogga airport has become a crucial node in the air travel network of central Karnataka. With Star Air and IndiGo already operating from this new facility, plans are underway for additional domestic services. The airport, built at a cost of around ₹600 crores, demonstrates the commitment to expanding aviation infrastructure in Karnataka.

To ensure optimum connectivity, Air India Express has carefully designed the flight schedule of IX 782. Departing from Varanasi at 8 am, the flight lands at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) at 10.30 am. After a brief layover, it departs from KIA at 11.10 am, reaching Mangaluru by 12.10 pm. This flight, available until November 25, will subsequently connect Chennai to Mangaluru via Bengaluru starting from November 26.

The inaugural flight, IX 782, received a traditional water cannon salute upon landing at Mangaluru International Airport. The airport organized a welcome ceremony for the first batch of passengers, marking the occasion with a cake-cutting ceremony. With the second flight, IX 1795, operating on the Kannur-Bengaluru-Mangaluru route, the total daily flights between these cities have now reached seven.

As Mangaluru continues to soar in aviation prominence, these developments underline the region's increasing significance in the Indian aviation landscape. 

IndiGo Elevates Travel Experience: Introducing Business Class

IndiGo Elevates Travel Experience: Introducing Business Class

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 25, 2024

Get ready to experience travel like never before as IndiGo, India's premier airline, announces its exciting new venture – Business Class services! Amidst the dynamic growth of India's economy, IndiGo is stepping up to redefine premium travel with tailor-made offerings, enhancing the journey for passengers across the nation's busiest routes.

With a fleet of over 360 aircraft and around 2,000 daily flights, IndiGo has been a cornerstone of India's aviation landscape for nearly 18 years. Now, the airline is set to revolutionize business travel with its innovative approach to service.


"In a groundbreaking move to redefine business travel in India, IndiGo announces the plan to launch a tailor-made business product for India’s busiest and business routes," says Pieter Elbers, CEO of IndiGo. "As India gears up to become the third largest economy in the world, it's our privilege to provide the New India even more options to choose from as they travel business."

The new Business Class service will offer a desired option for many passengers, catering to their evolving aspirations. Set to be operational before the end of the year, the service will be available on the busiest routes of the nation, providing a seamless blend of comfort and convenience for travelers.


Detailed information about the product offering, launch date, and routes will be unveiled in August, coinciding with IndiGo’s 18th anniversary. This milestone marks a significant step in the airline's evolution, reflecting its commitment to innovation and excellence in service.

As IndiGo continues to grow and adapt to the changing needs of passengers, the introduction of Business Class is another testament to its dedication to providing exceptional travel experiences. Stay tuned for more updates as IndiGo transforms the way we fly, one journey at a time.

Jordan Tourism Board Launches New Brand Film Tailored for Indian Travelers

Jordan Tourism Board Launches New Brand Film Tailored for Indian Travelers

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 24, 2024

The Jordan Tourism Board has unveiled a new brand film crafted specifically for the Indian market, encapsulating the stunning beauty and rich cultural tapestry of Jordan. Featuring Bollywood elements and led by popular Indian influencers Aakriti Rana Gill and Shaurya Sandhya Tulshyan, the film aims to draw Indian adventurers to the mesmerizing landscapes and historical wonders of Jordan.

Set against the backdrop of iconic locations like the ancient city of Petra and the vibrant capital, Amman, the film merges traditional Jordanian visuals with a Bollywood flair to create a relatable and enthralling experience for Indian viewers. The influencers guide viewers through a series of adventures, from exploring the majestic ruins of Petra to the modern streets of Amman, highlighting the diverse attractions Jordan has to offer.

The film also promotes the convenience of travel for Indian tourists, emphasizing the visa-on-arrival facility available for Indian passport holders. It showcases a range of activities including historical exploration, culinary journeys, and thrilling adventures in Wadi Rum and Aqaba.


Accompanied by the soulful tune “Zahir” by Indian artist Akanksha Sethi, the film not only showcases the scenic beauty of Jordan but also its cultural resonance with Indian traditions. The inclusion of local dining experiences and unique accommodations, like Martian tents in Wadi Rum, promises a blend of excitement and comfort tailored to Indian tastes.

This strategic initiative by the Jordan Tourism Board is designed to enhance its visibility and appeal in the Indian market, encouraging more travelers to explore the rich heritage and natural beauty of Jordan. The film concludes by inviting viewers to experience the timeless allure of Jordan, positioning it as a top destination for Indian travelers seeking a blend of adventure, history, and cultural immersion.

EU Announces Increase in Schengen Visa Fees by 12% Starting June 2024

EU Announces Increase in Schengen Visa Fees by 12% Starting June 2024

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 23, 2024

The European Union has confirmed a 12% hike in the fees for Schengen visas, a change set to take effect on June 11, 2024. This increase adjusts the cost from EUR 80 to EUR 90 for adults and from EUR 40 to EUR 45 for children aged six to twelve. The revision, part of a routine assessment conducted every three years, reflects ongoing economic factors including inflation and the salaries of civil servants. Notably, countries not cooperating on the readmission of citizens may see fees surge to EUR 135 or even EUR 180.

This fee adjustment was decided after a review in December 2023 under the Schengen Visa Code, which governs the framework of EU visa charges. The last modification occurred in February 2020, marking a significant rise from EUR 60 to EUR 80. The decision, however, has sparked discontent among various groups, particularly Turkish citizens, who have been anticipating a visa-free agreement with the EU.


In 2023, the Schengen area, which comprises 29 European countries, received over 10.3 million short-stay visa applications. This figure represents a 37% increase from the previous year, although it still does not match the pre-pandemic peak of 17 million applications in 2019. Indian nationals, showing a significant interest in European destinations, contributed to this volume with 966,687 visa applications, ranking third after China and Turkey.

The surge in applications has led to logistical challenges, including a shortage of available slots for visa interviews, affecting travel plans for many. To alleviate some of these issues, the European Commission has introduced a new visa "cascade" system for Indian nationals, facilitating easier access to multi-entry visas with longer validity periods, enhancing the travel experience for frequent visitors to the Schengen zone.

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