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Akasa Air to link Bagdogra and Bangalore

Service would enhance connectivity between north Bengal and Bangalore, one of busiest metros in country

Avijit Sinha Siliguri Published 14.03.23, 05:10 AM
An Akasa Air flight

An Akasa Air flight

Akasa Air will launch daily flights between Bagdogra and Bangalore from April 17, officials of the private airline company that started its services in August last year said on Monday.

“Akasa Air, which is the newest airline in India, will step into Bengal through the service between Bagdogra and Bangalore. The new flight will strengthen the airline’s domestic presence in eastern parts of the country,” said a representative of the carrier.


He said the service would enhance the connectivity between north Bengal and Bangalore, one of the busiest metros in the country. As of now, two or three direct flights operate between Bagdogra and Bangalore.

The airline company, which started flight operations seven months ago, connects 14 cities in the country. “Bagdogra will be the 15th destination. The company will run a Boeing 737 Max aircraft on the route. It will be a nonstop flight,” said a source.

From April 17, the flight (QP1372) will leave Bangalore at 7.30am and reach Bagdogra at 10.15am. The return flight (QP1373) will leave Bagdogra at 10.55am and touch down in Bangalore at 1.45pm.

As of now, around 56 flight movements are recorded at Bagdogra every day, while 8,000 to 9,000 passengers travel through the airport.

“Known for its serene landscapes and expansive tea estates, Bagdogra has been garnering growing interest among travellers from across the country. It also serves as the gateway to northeastern states. The improvement in air connectivity will boost the economic activity in the area,” Praveen Iyer, co-founder and chief commercial officer of Akasa Air, said in a statement.

Residents of north Bengal have said hundreds of youths from the region and Sikkim work in Bangalore, especially in the IT sector. “Also, people from here regularly visit the city for healthcare and educational purposes. An additional flight on the route would surely help us,” said Jayanta Moulik, an entrepreneur based in Siliguri.

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