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Dubai, Mar 12: As the new runway works are nearing completion at Bajpe airport, more and more airlines are showing keen interest in flying to Mangalore either on the domestic or on international levels.

The latest entry to the list is "Indian" which was formerly known as Indian Airlines. Earlier, Kingfisher Airlines has already created a landmark by landing its A 319 plane, followed by Air India Express which is soon finalizing plans to fly from Dubai-Mangalore direct on May 7, 2006. Air Deccan has also announced its Mangalore-Mumbai flight operations from May 2006.

Interestingly, Srilankan Airlines also has announced last month that it is keen on flying to Mangalore airport both at domestic and international levels.

Chairman and Managing Director of "Indian"  Vishwapati Trivedi, in a letter to Rajesh Sequeira, the main co-coordinator of the Karnataka NRI Forum in the UAE, has officially stated that "Indian" is keen on commencing operations of the direct international flights from Mangalore airport to UAE once the upgradation process of the Mangalore airport is completed.

However, they are not in a position to confirm a final date as to when the operations would actually take off. The present available fleet is already fully utilized and they do not have any additional or spare capacity to embark on new flights at the moment.

"Indian is in the process of acquiring more aircraft, and shall definitely consider commencing operations from Mangalore to the UAE, once its capacity situation improves," says the letter.

This is surely a encouraging piece of news to the Mangalorean NRIs, enough to set their spirits soaring high. With the dream of thousands of NRIs reaching its climax, this is the time to keep in tune with the current pace of momentum and put pressure on the various authorities to commence direct flights from and to Mangalore and their respective countries

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