US airline United Airlines will start flights from Bengaluru to San Francisco in the last quarter of 2022.
Flights to Aus, Israel, US
Australian carrier Qantas will begin four weekly flights from BLR to Sydney from 14 September.
BLR’s Kempegowda International Airport said that additionally two weekly flights to Tel Aviv (Air India) and daily flights to Seattle (American Airlines) are planned in the near future.
Also to note is that new routes launched a few months before the pandemic have already been re-connected.
Other international routes
International flights such as Addis Ababa, (connected by Ethiopian Airlines), Amsterdam (by KLM), and Tokyo Narita (by Japan Airlines) have been reinstated from the city.
Japan Airlines will increase frequency to Tokyo to thrice a week, effective August.
Dutch airline KLM plans to increase frequency on the BLR-Amsterdam route from 3x to 4x a week starting next month.
The airport said that it has witnessed strong growth in international flight operations, connecting 23 international destinations in May 2022 — the highest in south India.
Increased air traffic
It saw 15 per cent higher international Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) per day between March and April while May alone saw 48 per cent growth in ATMs.
Furthermore, average daily international traffic increased to 9,300 passengers by the fourth week of May.
The figure stood at 6,500 in April and 5,500 in March.
The airport recently inaugurated International and Domestic lounges to offer passengers an immersive lounge experience.
Called ‘080 Lounge’, the luxury space has art, artisans, heritage, and flora reflecting the rich culture of the city.
In related news, the airport received the title of best regional airport in India and South Asia at the prestigious Skytrax World Airport Awards 2022.
The award is bestowed on the basis of customer surveys which take place globally.
The survey evaluates consumer experience and key performance factors.
It takes note of nearly every aspect in an airport, from check-in to arrivals, transfers, shopping, security, immigration, to departures at the gates.
Hari K Marar, MD & CEO of airport operator of Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) said that they are overjoyed with the honor and that it proves yet again that they “continue to get this right.”