Aviation Daily Mar 02 , 2010 , p. 13
With the corporate market and economy bouncing back, Bangaluru International Airport is adding more international airlines this year.
Cargo will be the focus of Air China, which starts twice-weekly operations on Feb. 27, Fedex with five weekly flights starts operations June 1, and Air Asia on May 29. Etihad has also shown interest, but is limited by present bilaterals.
Qatar launched daily flights on Feb. 22 to its 11th Indian destination. Bengaluru will be served daily with 144-seat Airbus A320s from the airline’s Doha hub.
The third-largest city in India has until now only been served by Emirates among the Middle East airlines.
These new services will take the international flights to Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) to 19. Six domestic carriers fly to the airport, which was hit during the recessionary months last year with declines in international travel. Bengaluru is now the fourth-largest city for cargo operations after Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai. Bengaluru is a center for perishables, such as fresh flowers, as well as garments and electronics exported from China.