The city will have flight connectivity to Pune, Goa (Dabolim), and Kolkata during the summer schedule of airlines which will come into effect from April, according to Nalin Kumar Kateel, Member of Parliament.
Additional flights to Bengaluru and Delhi will also be introduced in the summer schedule, he said at a function organized to lay the foundation stone for the expansion of the terminal building and inauguration of passenger boarding bridges (aerobridges) advance visual docking guidance system at Mangaluru International Airport.
Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala said that when an airport is expanded and passenger traffic increased, the allied activities helped the common person by providing business opportunities.
Meanwhile, according to the AAI, the terminal building will be expanded at a cost of Rs. 132.24 crore and is expected to be completed by April 2020. By expanding an additional 11,343 sq.m. area will be added.
Now the terminal building is spread over 19,500 sq.m. area. When completed, the peak hour passenger handling capacity at the airport will be increased from 730 passengers to 1,000.
All the flights are expected to be operational within three months, he said.