Mangalore, Aug 3 (ANI): An Air India Express flight from Dubai became the first aircraft to dock on Monday at the newly integrated terminal building at Bajpe Airport in Mangalore.
The new terminal became operational at 6.00am and the Air India Express flight IX 820 arrived landed at 7.20 am.
The Mangalore airport's director M.R. Vasudeva and Air India Station Manager Chellam Prasad welcomed the passengers.
Vasudeva said that people are keen to have flights to Saudi Arabia.
"Air India is operating to many of the gulf countries. People are demanding that there should be a flight for Saudi Arabia. It is possible that they may consider if it is in the next winter schedule or summer schedule," said Vasudeva.
The Airports Authority of India has shifted operations to this terminal on a trial basis.
The airport has a length of 8038 feet and the second runway is around 1650 meters. It is built at a cost of Rs 1.5 billion. About six parking lots have been constructed and two aero-bridges have been provided.
Separate security hold area for domestic and international passengers has also been provided.
For international passengers duty free shops, custom and immigration department are also functioning on a requirement basis. (ANI)