Jet Airways has named Bangalore as a future hub, with two new international routes to launch in the net two weeks.
Vice-president Praveen Iyer has confirmed that Bangalore was an increasing focus. “Gven the rising importance of the city, we intend to make it our third domestic hub in the near future”, he said.
The LCC launched its Bangalore – Singapore route this week on a B737-800. The route is currently served by Tiger Airways and Singapore Airlines, which offer daily redeye flights, and SilkAir, which operates a 5x weekly morning run. Jet Airways’ Bangalore – Colombo service will commence on January 5, 2017 also using a B737-800. Only SriLankan Airlines currently links Bangalore and Colombo.
Jet Airways serves around 39,000 passengers weekly out of Bangalore, with more than 93% of those flying domestically.
Bangalore’s airport is the third busiest in India in terms of passenger traffic, with almost 290,000 weekly passengers. Bangalore is an important centre of technology and has been dubbed “India’s Silicon Valley”. It is also the main aviation centre of the country; Boeing and Airbus both have research and development centres based in the city.